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Selected Style FWD 4-Door Sport
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Sport 16 22 $27,194 $29,400
FWD 4-Door Touring 16 22 $29,236 $31,615
FWD 4-Door Grand Touring 16 22 $30,842 $33,355
AWD 4-Door Sport 15 21 $28,393 $30,700
AWD 4-Door Touring 15 21 $30,435 $32,915
AWD 4-Door Grand Touring 15 21 $32,041 $34,655
FWD 4-Door Base (Natl)
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Base 18 24 $24,475 $27,500
FWD 4-Door Sport 18 24 $26,833 $30,150
FWD 4-Door Limited 18 24 $29,281 $32,900
4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $25,765 $28,950
4WD 4-Door Sport 17 23 $28,124 $31,600
4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $30,571 $34,350
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,194
$24,475
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,400
$27,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$490 / month
$458 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2008 Mazda CX-9 may be the best-driving full-size seven-passenger crossover out there. It is certainly one of the best looking and appointed. Most Americans prefer mushy white bread, and the 2008 Toyota Highlander is a larger, high-quality "loaf" that will satisfy most every consumer.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 16 mpg 18 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 22 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in) 40.9 43.2
Third Head Room (in) 35.4 36.3
Front Hip Room (in) 56.5 56.7
Passenger Volume (ft³) 139.2 145.7
Third Shoulder Room (in) 56.9 55.0
Second Leg Room (in) 39.8 38.3
Front Head Room (in) 39.6 40.6
Second Hip Room (in) 56.0 56.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 59.4 59.7
Passenger Capacity 7 7
Third Leg Room (in) 32.4 29.9
Second Head Room (in) 39.0 40.1
Third Hip Room (in) 43.7 42.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.7 59.5
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) 8.0 8.1
Length, Overall (in) 199.8 188.4
Rear Door Opening Width (in) 47.3 - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 68.0 68.1
Liftover Height (in) NA - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 64.7 64.2
Wheelbase (in) 113.2 109.8
Rear Door Opening Height (in) 31.7 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 76.2 75.2
Track Width, Front (in) 65.1 64.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 100.7 95.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) 19.0 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) 17.2 10.3
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) 46.1 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) 48.9 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 48.4 42.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) 34.8 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.8 x - TBD - 12.2 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.6 x - TBD - 12.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 20.1 19.2
Steering
Steering Type Pwr rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.1 3.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) 41.2 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.3 17.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.4 38.7
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P245/60R18 P245/65R17
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P245/60R18 P245/65R17
Spare Tire Size T155/90R18 P245/65R17
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 200 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 200 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2000 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2000 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4312 3979
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x 7.5 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 7.5 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact 17 x 7.5
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 11.7 9.9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Displacement 3.7L/227.4 3.5L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 273 @ 6250 270 @ 6200
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System MPI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 270 @ 4250 249 @ 4700
Engine Order Code NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 22 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 18
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.56 1.52
Trans Type 6 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.86 0.76
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.39 3.38
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.37 2.36
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.46 3.48
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.15 1.05
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.69 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.15 4.24
Summary
Vehicle Name Mazda CX-9 Toyota Highlander
Body Style 4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle 4 Door
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA Sport-tuned
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA Sport-tuned
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Independent
 
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