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.
The Mazda CX-9's interior packaging is designed to be very flexible. The second row is split 60/40, the seatback reclines, and it can slide forward about five inches fore and aft, or fold flat. The third row, which is split 50/50, can also be folded flat for an expanded cargo floor, and it includes a hand strap for easily folding it or setting it back up. Entry to the third row is easier than most vehicles because of the second-row's folding abilities.
Though the Mazda CX-9 is designed primarily for on-road operation, a full perimeter frame adds toughness to its uni-body construction, making it suitable for towing boats or small trailers (up to 3,500 pounds), and a multi-link rear suspension brings more secure on-road ride and handling attributes than other SUVs.
Several important safety features not offered by all the competition are standard on the Mazda CX-9, including dynamic stability control with roll stability control, a system that helps take minor corrective action to avoid loss of control on slippery roads or during abrupt maneuvers, anti-lock brakes with brakeforce distribution, and side-curtain air bags that extend to all three rows.
Three different trim levels--Sports, Touring, and Grand Touring--are offered. Sports and Touring models get 18-inch wheels, while Grand Touring models ride on flashy, bright-finish 20-inch wheels with high-speed, V-rated tires. Standard equipment on Sports models includes keyless illuminated entry, cruise control, a three-zone automatic climate control system with rear-seat ducts, a six-speaker CD sound system, and power windows, locks, and mirrors. The Touring model upgrades to heated mirrors and leather first- and second-row seats with heated front seats, while the top-of-the-range Grand Touring adds fog lamps, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, a Smart Card keyless entry/start system, and upgraded lighting and trim.
Key options include a power-operated liftgate, a moonroof, a backup-camera system, a rear entertainment system package with a nine-inch screen, and a Bose Centerpoint surround sound system with eleven speakers.
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 Mazda CX-9 blurs the lines between sporty, luxurious, practicality, and safety, offering a good compromise in a family-oriented wagon.
Very versatile interior; on-road ride and handling
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.
Vehicle Price: 30,035.00
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