2008 Mazda CX-9 – 2008 SUV of the Year Winner – Truck Trend

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You’ve heard marketing spiel before. Zoom-Zoom to the Soul of a Sports the brand’s ad gurus have harder than starving to convince shoppers that cars and trucks are sportier and fun to drive than the competitions’.

those slogans hold as Mazda’s vehicles-from the rotary-powered and the exuberant MX-5 to the minivan-esque and the rakish CX-7-indeed deliver agile (okay, zoomy) that are akin to, well, a car. As the only Japanese car to ever win the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, Mazda knows a or two about sports-car DNA and, important, how to inject it into about everything it slaps the badge on.

But could Mazda really that DNA into its first-ever largest-in-the-lineup crossover? Well, three days of testing 11 at the dragstrip and skidpad, in and around Los Angeles, and on the twisty, high-elevation that squiggle through the town of Lake Arrowhead, here to report that the is not only Mazda’s finest of infusing sports-car qualities an SUV, but also Motor 2008 Sport/Utility of the Year.

As the goes, it’s all in the details, and where the CX-9’s sporty shines. Slide behind the steering wheel and into the bolstered bucket, and you’re to one of the most comfortable, driver-focused positions available, not just in an SUV but in any

Whether you’re five-two or finding that perfect is a snap: Simply fine-tune the seat that power-adjusts in ways (standard on Touring and Touring trims), tweak the column that modifies for and rake, and the result is nest The pedals seem to welcome the of your feet; the RX-8-size wheel, with audio and controls, appears to come to your hands; and the stylish dash, with its large, gauges and simple but elegant stack, delights aesthetically and The cabin, which, on our Grand tester, is adorned with plastics, faux wood, and leather, not to mention calming blue lighting and a pleasing mix of and vertical elements, manages to enveloping yet still plenty an uncanny combination unmatched by year’s competitors.

The exterior details exude as well, and when looking at the certainly with the GT’s 20-inch alloy wheels are standard on Sport and Touring it’s hard not to feel From the steeply angled and sharp fender flares to the headlamps and the distinct trapezoidal exhaust tips, the CX-9 a spin on the traditional two-box ‘ute and punts it into

While arguably not as bold as the and bulgier Enclave, the CX-9 makes the class-competing Highlander, and Veracruz appear conventional and by comparison. A 12/10ths-scale CX-7 done better, the CX-9 is and elegant, sporty and sophisticated, an SUV well suited for going to the midtown, or the market.

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Wherever you the CX-9, rest assured plenty of room for the whole and their gear. Despite the flowing body that tight quarters, the CX-9 a spacious interior for seven, by more second-row legroom in the Enclave, Highlander, Tribeca, or and more third-row legroom and room behind that row you’ll find in the last Only the Buick, which the other four in length, height, and wheelbase, offers third-row legroom and cargo aft than the Mazda.

Further, when a weekend run to is in order, the CX-9 presents cubic feet of cargo with the second- and third-rows flat, which equates to an ottoman compared with the (95.4) and an entire bedroom the Tribeca (74.4). Of course, the isn’t perfect, delivering the first- and third-row headroom latter a result of the sporty, hatch) and the slightest first-row of the five, but it does get points for a second row that slides five inches fore and aft on sides, leaving ample for finding the third row (over two between the folded second row and the Six-foot adults won’t the third row for short to medium while kids will it back there, especially if the is equipped with the optional entertainment system (not with a moonroof) that a nine-inch LCD and 5.1 surround sound 11 speakers.

As amusing as a movie is on the go, though, the second and third rows and opt for the seat-the chair of choice. here, the controls that are at your beck and call, to react with the utmost

Sink your spur the well-calibrated electronic throttle, and the 3.7-liter V-6 shakes the reins on 273 a 10-horse boost over the 3.5-liter. (If you’re wondering why the didn’t play last the 2007 model went on after our cut-off date.) important, torque has risen 249 to 270 pound-feet, and, at 4250, is now 150 rpm earlier. While we still mind a tad more low-end the 3.7 nonetheless behaves in a silky, manner, accentuated by a sporty from the dual exhaust. to an Aisin six-speed automatic as seamless as a rubber glove, the Ford-based V-6 scoots the CX-9 0 to 60 in 7.8 seconds and through the quarter in 16.0 flat at 87.8 placing it ahead of every midsize crossover in this field sans the sprightlier which recorded 7.3 and 15.7 at

Moreover, when full of the powertrain is desired, the CX-9 a slick manumatic feature similar to BMW road cars and race cars, downshifts a push forward of the gearshift and with a pull back. automakers configure it the opposite but we feel Mazda (and get it right.

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