The 2008 Mazda CX-9 offers luxury and practicality (seating for 7) at an affordable price in the full-size SUV market. Surprisingly, since its introduction in 2007, the most popular model of the CX-9 has been the most expensive option, the $40,000 Grand Touring model. For 40 large, you can expect a sporty, yet luxurious interior, with features like a leather-wrapped steering wheel, wood-grain finish, two-tone seat inlays, and back seat DVD screens.
New to the 2008 Grand Touring model is a larger engine, up to a 3.7-liter from the 3.5-liter of the 2007 version. With the new engine (mated to a 6-speed automatic tranny), the horsepower is up by 10 to 273hp @ 6250 rpm and the torque has increased by 21 lb-ft to 270 lb-ft of torque @ 4250 rpm. Despite the engine size increase, the fuel economy has remained reasonable. The front-wheel-drive version of the Mazda CX-9 gets 16 city/22 highway while the AWD version gets a respectable 15 city/21 highway for an SUV of this size.
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Pricing for the front-wheel-drive version starts at $29,400 while the loaded version we drove with the new 3.7L V6 engine, navigation system, power liftgate, heated seats, entertainment system, and more, cost a fair, almost bargain price of $40,000.