2008 Mazda CX-9


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$5,000 - $5,941
$29,400 - $34,655

Pros & Cons

  • Seven-passenger seating and competitive cargo capacity
  • Reviewers love the slick exterior
  • Smooth six-speed automatic transmission with sport-shift
  • Loaded with standard safety features
  • High price tag compared to similar vehicles
  • The V6 received mixed reviews on its overall power
  • Noisy interior accompanied by a ride that can be heavy and stiff
  • Cabin storage space is lacking

9.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.8
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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2008 Mazda CX-9 Overview

With seating for seven and a smidge of zoom-zoom, the 2008 Mazda CX-9 is an attractive alternative for prospective minivan buyers. The 2008 CX-9 was voted North American Truck of the year, an award that's voted on by 45 automotive journaists at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The CX-9 was also Motor trend's 2008 Sport Utility of the Year. Clearly, the CX-9 has made a positve impression on automotive experts.  The CX-9 is also the first full-size SUV to ride on a car-based platform. The car-based mechanics help the CX-9 have one of the best fuel economy ratings in the class.  A full-size crossover SUV, the all-new CX-9 replaces the Mazda MPV minivan.

  • "Mazda's showing some chutzpah in calling the CX-9 the Zoom-Zoom with Extra Room, but is it a terrific new crossover? Yes-yes," -- Motor Trend.
  • "A superb crossover and one of the most fun-to-drive examples in its class. The quiet and comfortable cabin is a nice place to be, and its exterior styling is pleasing to the eye." -- AutWeek
  •  +"Demerits are few," -- Car and Driver
  • "The CX-9 checks in at the high end of their price range, costing more than other models with more features, more room and better ride and handling." -- The Detroit Free Press
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