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Review: 2008 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring

The Mazda CX-9 is a sporty SUV that packs a lot of space inside but both looks and performs like a much smaller vehicle. However, the cabin tech lacks polish and needs to be better integrated.

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After spending time with the top-of-the-line 2008 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring, we found much that we liked; however, we also found almost every positive thing we had to say about the SUV came with a caveat.

Inside, the CX-9's leather seats and ambient lighting give the appearance of luxury, but the materials feel cheap compared with a true luxury vehicle. The spec sheet touts an impressive amount of cabin tech, but the components don't work well together, creating a confusing experience. Overall, we formed a positive impression of the CX-9, but the vehicle lacks the final bit of polish that would make it truly shine.

Read the Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring review.