2008 Mazda CX-9

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What Changed for 2008:
  • New 273-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 engine replaces 263-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 engine

  • Blind spot monitoring system newly offered
Mazda introduced the CX-9 crossover SUV for the 2007 model year. Its chassis also provides the basis for the Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX. The CX-9 is larger than Mazda's other midsize crossover SUV, the CX-7, and adds a third-row seat for 7-passenger capacity. The CX-9 also comes with a larger and more powerful engine than the CX-7. To enhance passenger comfort, the second row slides fore and aft up to 5 inches. The CX-9 has 17.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row and 100.7 cubic feet with the second and third row folded down. The CX-9 offers front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). Properly equipped, the CX-9 can tow up to 3500 pounds.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Mazda CX-9 is available in Sport, Touring and Grand Touring versions, each with FWD or AWD. Standard equipment on Sport models includes cloth upholstery; tri-zone automatic climate control; tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; cruise control; second-row adjustable split folding seat; third-row split folding seat; power windows, locks and mirrors; remote keyless entry; AM/FM/CD stereo; auxiliary input jack; theft-deterrent system; rear spoiler; and P245/60R18 tires on alloy wheels. Touring models add leather upholstery for the first and second rows; heated front seats; 8-way power adjustable driver's seat with lumbar adjustment; 4-way power adjustable front passenger seat; heated outside mirrors; Bluetooth wireless cell phone link; and Mazda's Smart card keyless starting. Grand Touring models have memory for the driver's seat; rain-sensing wipers; electroluminescent gauges; silver and wood interior trim; Xenon automatic headlights; fog lights; and P245/50R20 tires. For 2008, the Grand Touring also adds Mazda's new blind spot monitoring system. Available options include a sunroof; DVD-based navigation system; rear backup camera; power rear liftgate; Sirius satellite radio; remote engine starting; universal garage door opener; auto-dimming rearview mirror; towing package; Bose Centerpoint sound system with 10 speakers and a 6-disc CD changer; and a rear DVD entertainment system with 9-inch screen. The rear DVD entertainment system also includes the Bose Centerpoint sound system with 11 speakers and 5.1 surround sound.

For 2008, an all-aluminum, 24-valve, dual overhead cam 3.7-liter V-6 engine replaces last year's 3.5-liter V-6 engine and makes 10 more horsepower and 21 more lb.-ft. of torque: 273 hp at 6250 rpm and 270 lb.-ft. of torque at 4500 rpm. It is linked to a 6-speed automatic transmission with a manual shiftgate. EPA fuel economy ratings are 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway with 2WD and 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway with AWD.

The CX-9's available AWD system is meant more for enhanced traction in inclement weather than for off-roading. It does not have low-range gearing.

The 2008 Mazda CX-9's standard safety equipment includes dual front air bags; torso-protecting front side air bags; head-protecting curtain side air bags with rollover deployment; tire-pressure monitor; anti-lock 4-wheel disc brakes with electronic brake-force distribution; and electronic stability control with roll stability control. Grand Touring models also have a new blind spot monitoring system. Also offered is a rear backup camera. In tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the CX-9 earned 5-star ratings for the driver and front passenger in frontal impacts, 5-star ratings for front and rear-seat occupants in side impacts, and a 4-star rating for rollover resistance. The CX-9 has not been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Mazda's blind spot monitoring (BSM) system uses radar sensors in the rear bumper to detect objects on the side and behind the vehicle. It warns the driver of objects in these areas by illuminating warning lights in the side mirrors. If a turn signal is activated to the side that has a BSM light on, the light will flash and the system will sound a beep. The system does not work when the vehicle is traveling below 20 mph.

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