2008 Mazda CX-9 AWD Road Test & Review & Car and Driver

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The results of tests occasionally have easy to predict. An Italian for example, in all likelihood would lot. A pickup truck would prove extremely capable, and reliable.

But the Mazda was difficult to pin down. After it was basically the largest, cushiest, and thing the Zoom-Zoom folks had built; the company#x2019;s most effort is a cheap (yet two-seat roadster, fercrissakes. it build a good, satisfying crossover?

As it turns out, we had to fear. Mazda had churned out a perfect family hauler, from an enthusiast#x2019;s perspective. for the 2008 model year, our was a $35,290 top-spec Grand model with an additional worth of options strapped to it. The $41,855.

So, yes, our CX-9 was fully loaded#x2014;hair shirts us look fat#x2014;but we#x2019;d loved it just the same all the goodies. The secret? A fantastic experience.

Trip after trip, after mile, we had universal for the CX-9#x2019;s steering, ride, and Indeed, although the Mazda just over 4600 it cornered with the verve of the fun-to-drive cars. The fantastically steering was called sports-car-like, and of us noted that the steering itself felt smaller in compared with those of big crossovers, further enhancing the feel.

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Our long-termers usually draw duty for their cargo- and capacities rather than any factor, but a dynamic chassis and a ride#x2014;website executive editor Dushane said the Mazda and handled like something far our staffers viewed the CX-9 as than merely a pack The first two rows kept happy during long and even though the third row as accommodating, it wasn#x2019;t bad for brief

With the final row folded, the swallowed 48 cubes#x2019; worth of plenty for three people on a trip or four on a short We did wish for a few more cubbies up for small items, however.

As is the case, the passage of 40,000 saw the CX-9#x2019;s test numbers around a bit. The Mazda#x2019;s 3.7-liter V-6 hauled it to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds it was new; the final test saw a shaved off that time. The sprint increased by a full however, going from to 21.3, and 0 to 110 took 28.3 versus an as-new 27.1.

The final mileage figure for miles was 18 mpg, 1 mpg better the EPA#x2019;s combined fuel-economy That#x2019;s not particularly good, in an age of ever-more-aggressive CAFE fuel-economy but it is better than the typical SUVs that crossovers virtually eliminated.

A Few Minor No Big Deal

There were issues. A couple of pieces of trim had to be replaced under after the finish flaked Getting the aux-in jack to required a $223 splitter.

The computer didn#x2019;t provide or range data. The ergonomics for the controls needed improvement. The remote start wasn#x2019;t integrated and would allow the driver#x2019;s door to be unlocked activated#x2014;annoying when you#x2019;re to load a legion of people in a

The struts on the driver#x2019;s door and groaned. Interior rattles would appear and disappear. You had to the entire car before the power would work. And although its and operation were good, the of the infotainment/navigation screen was jaggy and the seemed unrefined. (See updates on our CX-9 for more

Taken as a laundry list, our might seem more than they really in reality, none of them was beyond slightly annoying. many of the issues were for 2009 or during a substantial refresh. The newest models revised head units dual volume and tuning for example, and the aux-in jack and radio now harmoniously co-exist the factory.

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ScanGauge and Winter

We gained a fully functional computer by using the $170 II. which plugs into the OBD II We installed the device on the dash the driver#x2019;s-side A-pillar, where it was It will display up to four pieces of data, and the backlight is to one of several colors; we matched to the CX-9#x2019;s red cluster lighting.

The on the box itself are unmarked, but reading the proved too much effort for our staffers, so our ScanGauge largely programmed to display rpm (to the single intake temperature, instant economy, and exact mph#x2014;the pieces of data we deemed useful in the CX-9. Other options include fuel engine load, throttle and ignition timing; the ScanGauge can out detailed fuel-consumption and cost and read engine error There might be more options out there, but for dataheads, it get much better than the (If you don#x2019;t mind the eco-dork you can save 10 bucks by ordering the Efficiency Adviser. since the same thing as the ScanGauge

The only other major we tested on the CX-9 was a set of Bridgestone LM-25 winter tires, ran $980. In short, they awesome. Combined with the excellent all-wheel-drive system (a at $1300 over front-drive in 2008; the difference is $1400 for we were virtually unstoppable in was one of the worst Michigan winters any of us can remember.

Snow blanketed Ann for weeks on end, and the CX-9 through it like, well, a No one reported getting stuck; reports were of how sure-footed and fun the was in the slippery stuff. (Well, editor Jared Gall to drive through five-foot drifts and high-sided the CX-9, but we count that as getting because it was so hilariously dumb.)

Excepting the Self-Inflicted Ones, Were Low

Thankfully, the snowy didn#x2019;t prove dangerous to the sheetmetal. No, instead, we had to worry the deadly parking lot. separate incidents left our slightly battered, and repairing all the required a hefty $2200-plus to First, another vehicle hit the bumper while the CX-9 was slightly perforating the plastic and requiring a total replacement.

One member scuffed the front playing a low-speed kissing with a pole; a refinishing was in And on a windy day#x2014;60-mph gusts reported#x2014;Dushane had the driver#x2019;s door out of his hands, whereupon it bashed the plastic side-mirror housing of the car, resulting in a large crease just behind the handle. (The other was unscathed.) Dushane claims the #x201C;weak sheetmetal#x201D; was to blame for the Maybe it was weak hands.

we didn#x2019;t have any major we were glad to find the CX-9 received Good top result#x2014;from the IIHS in front and crash tests. (It was, deemed Marginal for rear restraint performance.) NHTSA the Mazda five stars#x2014;again, the top front and side crash too.

Total service costs for the during its stay were a reasonable $261, which is the sum of regular maintenance stops changes, inspections, etc.). the CX-9 proved virtually and our only warranty repairs the previously mentioned interior and a leaking left rear-axle the latter of which was discovered the 37,500-mile scheduled service. was one recall, for a possible short-circuiting harness in 2007#x2013;09 models, we had taken care of by our local for no charge.

When the CX-9 up, we were a bit bemused at the prospect of a Mazda, but we ended up utterly with the crossover#x2019;s blend of driving pleasure, comfort, and luxury. It looked rich and inside and out#x2014;all CX-9s with the same handsome and exterior styling and quality materials and fit and finish#x2014;and every turned was a happy one. For level of satisfaction, almost any seems fair. Farewell, Mr.

We miss you already.

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