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2008 Mazda CX-9

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$3,650 — $11,314 USED
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Sport Utility
7 Seats
18-19 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Carlike responses
  • Highway stability
  • Interior quality
  • Visibility

The Bad

  • Too-light steering effort
  • Front seat cushions could be longer
  • Third row best left for kids

What to Know

about the 2008 Mazda CX-9
  • New 3.7-liter V-6 for 2008
  • New optional blind-spot warning system
  • Seats seven
  • Stability system with Roll Stability Control
  • Optional rearview camera

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2008 Mazda CX-9 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Cars.com's Mike Hanley walks you through the seating arrangement in the 2008 Mazda CX-9. The CX-9 competes with the GMC Acadia and Hyundai Veracruz.

Vehicle Overview
Introduced for the 2007 model year, the CX-9 crossover is available in Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trim levels, has a number of standard safety features and can seat up to seven people in its three rows of seats. For 2008, the CX-9 gets a larger and more powerful V-6 engine and an optional blind-spot warning system. Competitors include the GMC Acadia and Hyundai Veracruz.

Exterior
The CX-9 manages to avoid the chunkiness of many SUVs, in part because of its angular nose and car-like honeycomb grille. The SUV’s beltline rises as it heads rearward, and the sides are free of cladding. Sport and Touring models have 18-inch wheels, while the Grand Touring version wears 20-inch wheels. Available features include a power liftgate, high-intensity-discharge headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers and turn-signal repeaters in the side mirror housings. CX-9s have a four-wheel-independent suspension and front and rear stabilizer bars.

Interior
The CX-9 has front bucket seats, and the 60/40-split second-row seat has room for three. The second row’s backrest can recline or fold flat, and the seat can also slide fore and aft to optimize legroom and cargo space. There’s 17.2 cubic feet of cargo room behind the 50/50-split third-row seat, which can also fold flat. Standard features include air conditioning, keyless entry, power windows and cruise control.

Under the Hood
The 2008 CX-9 is powered by a new 273-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 engine that drives a ...

Vehicle Overview
Introduced for the 2007 model year, the CX-9 crossover is available in Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trim levels, has a number of standard safety features and can seat up to seven people in its three rows of seats. For 2008, the CX-9 gets a larger and more powerful V-6 engine and an optional blind-spot warning system. Competitors include the GMC Acadia and Hyundai Veracruz.

Exterior
The CX-9 manages to avoid the chunkiness of many SUVs, in part because of its angular nose and car-like honeycomb grille. The SUV’s beltline rises as it heads rearward, and the sides are free of cladding. Sport and Touring models have 18-inch wheels, while the Grand Touring version wears 20-inch wheels. Available features include a power liftgate, high-intensity-discharge headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers and turn-signal repeaters in the side mirror housings. CX-9s have a four-wheel-independent suspension and front and rear stabilizer bars.

Interior
The CX-9 has front bucket seats, and the 60/40-split second-row seat has room for three. The second row’s backrest can recline or fold flat, and the seat can also slide fore and aft to optimize legroom and cargo space. There’s 17.2 cubic feet of cargo room behind the 50/50-split third-row seat, which can also fold flat. Standard features include air conditioning, keyless entry, power windows and cruise control.

Under the Hood
The 2008 CX-9 is powered by a new 273-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 engine that drives a six-speed automatic transmission that has a clutchless-manual mode. Front- or all-wheel-drive versions are offered.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes, side-impact airbags, three-row side curtain airbags and an electronic stability system with Roll Stability Control rollover mitigation technology are standard. There’s also an optional blind-spot warning system that will be available in the fall. It’s designed to alert drivers of items in the rear blind spot of the vehicle.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
46 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

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(5.0)

Full size comfortable vehicle

by DaveN. from West Allis, WI on November 3, 2019

This car met or exceeded my expectations for comfort, hauling capacity, reliability and economically. Great gas mileage with no slack on performance. The driver and passenger controls are worthy of ... Read full review

(4.0)

I love this SUV

by mazdacx9man from Minneapolis, MN on January 16, 2019

This vehicle has it all, 3rd row seating, heated leather seats, and great control on the road. I only wish that it hadnt been in a drive by shooting by our old house and every time wife looks at the ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The CX-9 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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