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STYLING | 9 out of 10
The CX-9 manages to avoid the chunkiness of many SUVs
tasteful interior that would please [the] most affluent parents
exterior details exude sport
The 2008 Mazda CX-9 may sport minivan-like interior room, but there’s nothing boxy about its shape, inside or out.
Consumer Reports likens the CX-9 to “a longer version of the CX-7 but…much nicer,” while Cars.com says, “the CX-9 manages to avoid the chunkiness of many SUVs, in part because of its angular nose and car-like honeycomb grille.” Motor Trend dissects the look and says that “from the steeply angled windshield and sharp fender flares to the slanted headlamps and the distinct trapezoidal chrome exhaust tips, the CX-9 puts a spin on the traditional two-box sport 'ute and punts it into orbit.” Car and Driver notes its “handsome styling,” while Automobile says for such a large vehicle, it’s “almost svelte, with a sleek windshield, a sinuous waistline, and buff haunches.”
Reviewers from across the Web found even more to like about the interior of the 2008 Mazda CX-9. Edmunds feels at Mazda, 2008’s CX-9 “offers one of, if not the best, interiors in its class in terms of styling, ergonomics, quality and space." Road & Track found the Mazda CX-9 to have an "equally appealing, if slightly less dynamic, interior design." Motor Trend reviewers are a bit more specific about what they enjoy in the 2008 Mazda CX-9, saying "metal-rimmed gauges and simple but elegant center stack, delights aesthetically and ergonomically." They note the effect on the Mazda; 2008’s CX-9 is brought together with "calming, indirect blue lighting and a pleasing mix of horizontal and vertical elements."
The 2008 Mazda CX-9 has a sophisticated style that doesn’t shout SUV or minivan.