Reviewers across the board found a lot to like in the comfort offered by the 2008 Mazda CX-9, though as with many crossovers, third-row passengers may find it cramped.
Road & Track describes the 2008 Mazda CX-9 as having "a touch of sportiness without intruding on driver/front passenger comfort." Thanks to special attention paid to driver and passenger comfort by Mazda, 2008 CX-9 models all employ "front seats [that] are very comfortable and envelop the torso gingerly."
Kelley Blue Book says seating is a high priority in this Mazda; 2008’s CX-9 blends "front bucket seats and two-tone trim [that says] 'sports car'" with the passenger comfort and cargo capacity of a minivan. Second-row seats can be folded down to afford extra legroom for adults in the third-row seats. Additionally, the second-row seat slides five inches and has "reclining backrests."
ConsumerGuide says the "2nd-row seat [that] slides and reclines, which is a comfort plus." They further describe the 2008 Mazda CX-9 trim as affording "ample legroom"--though particularly "tall occupants may wish for more headroom" in the first and second rows, due to the extreme angle of the Mazda CX-9 windshield. Motor Trend says, “Six-foot adults won't mind the third row for short to medium trips, while kids will love it back there.”
Cars.com points out that cargo room is decent in the Mazda; 2008’s CX-9 has “17.2 cubic feet of cargo room behind the 50/50-split third-row seat, which can also fold flat.”
The build quality is as sturdy as you might expect from Mazda. Car and Driver notes the “top-notch interior,” and figures "the [Mazda 2008] CX-9 should enjoy an impressive resale value." Consumer Reports says, though, “first year reliability has been below average.”