As the top-line trim in this new full-size crossover, the 2008 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring offers a lot of premium features. This front-wheel-drive crossover seats seven in three rows, with both rear rows split-folding flat. The second row reclines and slides back and forth on flush sliders that won't cause tripping. With all seats down, the 2008 CX-9 Grand Touring holds 100 cubic feet. The cargo area features tie-downs, and a net and cover are optional extras. A trailer hitch is included, but a tow package and roof rails cost extra. A 273-hp, 3.7-liter, DOHC V6 and 6-speed shiftable automatic sit under the hood.
Traction and stability control, ABS brakes, a tire monitor, rollover protection, and dual front-side and side head airbags for all rows are standard. The Grand Touring adds rain-sensing wipers, xenon HID headlamps, automatic headlights, foglights, and mirrors with turn signals. A rearview camera is a new option this year, along with an auto-dimming rearview mirror. A new blind-spot warning system is available only on the Grand Touring.
A rear spoiler and dual exhaust match the sport-tuned suspension in the 2008 CX-9 Grand Touring, which also has 20-inch alloy wheels and all-season tires. In addition to the front 8-way and 4-way power seats, leather upholstery, heated seats, wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, tri-zone climate control, remote entry, Bluetooth, and full power features, the Grand Touring features a security system, driver's memory settings, heated mirrors, and wood and alloy accents in conjunction with the leather trim on the doors, dash, shifter, and console. Options include a power liftgate, DVD player, navigation system, satellite radio, remote start, a sunroof, and a garage opener.