2008 Mazda CX-9 Review

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Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

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.

TheCarConnection.com's editors read the latest reviews on the new 2008 Mazda CX-9 to write this comprehensive review. Experts from TheCarConnection.com also drove the Mazda CX-9 to offer you a definitive opinion on this sporty, seven-passenger crossover. This review also compares the 2008 Mazda CX-9 with other vehicles in its class to give you the best advice even when other reviews present conflicting opinions.

The term "crossover" is misleading. In the strictest automotive sense, crossover vehicles like the 2008 Mazda CX-9 are supposed to be car-based vehicles that look and perform something like SUVs. However, when you begin to look for the "car" hiding under many of today's crossovers, they're nowhere to be seen. If you look far enough back in the CX-9/Mazda family tree, you will find roots in the sporty Mazda6 sedan. And those roots tap fertile soil.

This seven-passenger crossover was introduced in 2007, and today offers an alternative to "the minivan" that totally avoids the dull and boring stigma associated with mommy mobiles. Simultaneously, the 2008 CX-9's styling avoids going in the false "I'm tough" direction of many SUVs. For the Mazda CX-9, 2008 brings only minor changes such as more power thanks to the enlarged V-6 engine that has grown in displacement from 3.5 liters to 3.7 liters. Horsepower is up to 273, helping the CX-9 maintain its sporty edge. Unlike many high-horsepower V-6 engines out there, the Mazda's does not require premium fuel to hit its claimed power. A six-speed automatic is standard.

The front seats are comfortable, and the back is too, but the 2008 Mazda CX-9 is not the biggest of the big crossovers--it's a touch smaller than a Buick Enclave, for example. But it is one of the prettiest, and its deft steering and handling give it a carlike feel.

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September 19, 2015
2008 Mazda CX-9 FWD 4-Door Grand Touring

Nice driver, Good gas milage, $32,000.00 vehicle and the Mazda people left of the power tail gate unless you bought the navagtion Pkg.,really Mazda, and a few other thing that got left off, Really dumb Mazda!

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It's all right! For the same money you could buy a Lexus, next time!
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March 12, 2017
2016 Mazda CX-9 AWD 4-Door Grand Touring

New CX9 a great SUV.

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Our 2016 C9 GT, Soul Red, Sand Leather, is one year old. We have put on 10,000 miles from new, running it in upstate New York with a mix of rural and city driving and commuting during the week. We also took... + More »
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June 11, 2016
2016 Mazda CX-9 AWD 4-Door Signature

Very agile and responsive SUV

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I know that many of you are looking for review from a buyer. So, here is the first one. I was tracking the delivery time of the dealerships and it finally arrived close buy. I wanted the Machine Gray Signature... + More »
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February 12, 2016
For 2016 Mazda CX-9

Very comfortable on long trips.

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Very happy with this vehicle. Many drives 8 - 10 hours. Replaced callipers and pads with hi-performance parts at 50 miles. Huge difference. Only complaint would be road noise and gas mileage. Up to 28mpg on... + More »
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February 29, 2016
2015 Mazda CX-9 FWD 4-Door Sport

Mazda Is Great

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I just got the CX-9 Sport & it's a great SUV. Roomy, comfy & a pleasure to drive. This is my 2nd Mazda, the first was a 2011 Mazda3 Speed. It was very reliable & so I just had to get another Mazda. The 1st was... + More »
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October 14, 2015
2013 Mazda CX-9 AWD 4-Door Grand Touring

Above expectation.

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We are extremely happy with this Mazda. Great comfort on long trips. Mileage has been as claimed. The only complaint would be brake fade with aggressive driving. Power is adequate but am interested in new... + More »
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April 28, 2015
2011 Mazda CX-9 AWD 4-Door Grand Touring

Forever car.

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Other then a problem when first purchased, no problems, fun to drive, reliable in all weather conditions. It's also the right size for a group of people or with the seats down, loads of stuff. Definitely would... + More »
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May 23, 2015
2009 Mazda CX-9 AWD 4-Door Sport

Nice looking vehicle to the eye with design flaws that bite your pockets down the line.

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If I knew the problems that these vehicles had, I would have stayed away. Do your research, Mazda knows that there is a design flaw with the transfer cases on this vehicle, when it goes bad it can create a... + More »
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