• (4.6) 33 reviews
  • MSRP: $5,341–$13,129
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 18-19
  • Engine: 273-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 7
2008 Mazda CX-9

Our Take on the Latest Model 2008 Mazda CX-9

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • 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

2008 Mazda CX-9 Reviews

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

(4.6)

Average based on 33 reviews

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Great car!

by Milan from Baltimore on November 10, 2017

This is a great car! Great quality, comfortable, reliable. No problems during my ownership, MPG could be better but it is a big AWD car so......

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2008 Mazda CX-9 Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

36mo/36,000mi

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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