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2008 Mazda CX-9 Sport Utility Crossover

AWD 4dr Grand Touring

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2008 Mazda CX-9 Sport Utility Crossover

Benefits of Driving a 2008 Mazda CX-9 Sport Utility Crossover

Boasting one of the most versatile interiors of any crossover SUV its size, the 2008 Mazda CX-9 can accommodate up to seven adults or various combinations of cargo and people. With an available power liftgate and simple straps to pull the seats in place, along with easy access to the third row, it's also one of the more usable systems. The CX-9 blurs the lines between sporty, luxurious, practicality, and safety, offering a good compromise in a family-oriented wagon.

What's new for 2008?

All new a year ago, the 2008 Mazda CX-9's engine moves from a 3.5L V6 to a 3.7L, and power increases accordingly from 263 to 273 horsepower. In addition, a blind spot monitoring system is now available on the Grand Touring trim.

Model Strengths

  • Very versatile interior
  • on-road ride and handling

Model Review

The 2008 Mazda CX-9 crossover sport utility vehicle is powered by a 273-horsepower, 3.7L DOHC V6 engine with variable valve timing and an electronic throttle. It is matched with a six-speed automatic transmission, and delivers its power through either front-wheel drive or the Active Torque-Split all-wheel drive system, which uses sensors and a computer-controlled coupling to bring up to 50 percent of drive power to the rear wheels for surefooted traction.

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Mazda is famous for its potent RX-7 rotary rocket and for the pint-sized Miata, a car that brings back the fun of British sports cars without the unreliability. The company has also marketed other sedans and SUVs over the years, including today's compact Mazda3, which earns excellent green credentials while delivering heaps of driving fun for a reasonable price.

Mazda's CX-9, a crossover SUV that seats 7, is meant to deliver more than an average amount of fun for people who migrated from sporty little cars to family haulers when the kids came along.

The CX-9 debuted as a 2007 model, and was based on the Ford Edge, its corporate cousin. Its styling and personality, however, are completely different. From its snakelike tapered nose with sharp-edged headlamp units and five-point grille to pronounced fender shapes to sculpted tail with clear-cover taillamps, it conveys restless energy.

With its long, laid-back windshield, the CX-9 bears little resemblance to an SUV. Although you can order all-wheel drive as an option, it is really not an offroader, but a sophisticated driver's car.

Inside, the sporty Mazda design theme prevails. Close-clustered gauges in a dramatic binnacle sit directly in front of the driver, with a neatly-configured center stack control panel holding the manual controls. Unusually stylish are the vertical features along the doors and center console, almost like buttresses, that add a feeling of fine furniture and at the same time, ruggedness. The right mixture of soft touch and matte finish plastic with silvery accents feels up-to-date and complements the aggressive treatment of the body panels.

To get the right feeling of vigorous motoring, the CX-9 employs a 3.7-liter V6 with 273 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. That's up .2 liters, 10 horsepower, and 21 lb.-ft. from last year's model. In day-to-day driving it feels healthy and strong pulling the 4,528 pound SUV around.

You can feed it regular fuel, which is a boon with prices topping $4.00 a gallon. Sadly, mileage ratings are just 15 City, 21 Highway per the EPA, which is pretty typical for vehicles in this class. The EPA's Green Vehicle scores are 7 for Air Pollution and 5 for Greenhouse Gas, reasonably good for a car of this size and power.

Three models are available for your family needs, Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. All come with air conditioning, power windows and locks, remote keyless entry, cruise control, and six airbags. That's nothing special by today's standards. But there's more. The Sport gets 18-inch alloy wheels and tires, halogen headlamps and cloth seats. The Touring puts leather on those chairs, powers up the front seat adjustment, and brings Bluetooth hands-free capability. That's a good thing, because on July 1, 2008 in California, you can no longer drive and dial. It's hands-free phones only after that date.

The Grand Touring, like my Crystal White Pearl Mica test car, has even more. For one thing, it wears big 20-inch wheels, hardly something expected of an offroad vehicle, but very trendy. Add to that list rain-sensing windshield wipers, an alarm system, memory settings for the driver's seat, wood trim on the instrument panel, and turn indicators on the exterior mirrors.

There's something else on those mirrors. The Blind Spot Monitoring System tells you if there's anybody in your side and rear blind spots. Above 20 miles per hour, it will flash if there's a car in there, and start beeping if you activate your turn signal while the space is occupied. I drive carefully, but it was nice to have the extra alert.

Built for families, the CX-9 gets the full safety treatment. The Roll Stability Control system uses sensors to measure body-roll rate and wheel speed. If something is amiss, the system automatically reduces torque or works the brakes momentarily to avert a rollover. Anti-lock brakes and traction control help you stop in a straight line and maintain traction. Dynamic Stability Control is part of this package too, sharing the power of the built-in computer to prevent oversteer and understeer in emergency situations.

Besides the usual front and side airbags, the CX-9 features three-row side curtain airbags with rollover protection. The CX-9 gets five-star government crash ratings for driver and passengers in the frontal and side crash ratings, and four stars out of five for rollovers.

A Sport model with two-wheel drive and nothing extra starts at $30,050. A Grand Touring begins at $34,005. Add all-wheel drive to any CX-9 for $1,300. My test car, with Sirius Satellite Radio, a navigation system, and a DVD entertainment system for the rear passengers, hit $41,180 at the bottom of the sticker.

If you have to haul a big group safely with a minimum of boredom, there may be few if any better ways to do it than in a CX-9.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Opt
Variable Inter. Wipers Opt
Rain Sensing Wipers Opt

Accident Prevention

Back-Up Camera Opt
Handsfree Wireless Std

Security

Alarm Opt
Anti-theft System Std
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Mazda Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Each Mazda Certified Pre-Owned vehicle comes with a 12-Month / 12,000 Mile Vehicle Limited Warranty with no deductible on covered components, which begins when the factory warranty ends. If it's out of warranty, the 12-month/12,000 miles warranty begins on the certified retail date.

Coverage begins on the limited powertrain warranty from the original retail sales date and covers 7-Years /100,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2008-2014 model years and less than 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 150-Point Detailed Inspection

Autocheck® Vehicle History Report with 3-year buyback protection from Experian, subject to all Experian & Experian Automotive buyback terms and conditions.

Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 24hr Roadside Assistance for the life of the Powertrain Limited Warranty offers confidence on the road around the clock.
Special Financing Yes, see your Mazda dealer for details.
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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