The Mazda CX-8 is one of the Japanese automaker’s larger crossovers. While the Mazda CX-9 is the crowning jewel in the Mazda crossover lineup, the CX-8 is the middle child as it slots just above the Mazda CX-5. While the CX-8 is in a league of its own when it comes to its comfort and luxury, it faces stiff competition from new 7-seater SUVs on the market that now comes with more features and stronger turbo diesel engines. With that being said, here are a couple of reasons why the Mazda CX-8 is an underrated 7-seater vehicle and why you should get one.
Beautifully styled exterior
If there is something Mazda is good at, it’s the way it designs its cars. This can be seen in the Mazda Miata along with the Mazda3 and the Mazda CX-30. The Mazda CX-8 is no different as it too takes on the same design language but adapts it to a much larger body. Despite its size, it still comes with beautifully designed cuts and curves that give it a sleek yet sporty look. This can be seen in its sharp headlights along with its large grille at the front. Everything on the vehicle has been designed with great consideration while still being to evoke the emotion of an athletic and imposing look without the need for rough lines and angular cuts. If you want a vehicle that can stand out in a sea of traffic thanks to its design even with minor details, then you should consider getting the Mazda CX-8.
Comfortable and minimalist interior
Minimalism seems to be the name of the game when it comes to the interior of the Mazda CX-8. You get a straightforward design with its dashboard layout with the only element sticking out from it being the infotainment system. While its dashboard design may seem minimalist everything designed around it is well designed and ergonomic. The gauges can be seen clearly, the climate control buttons are all within reach and are easy to use.
The seats are comfortable with Nappa leather being the main and they are supportive as well. Space is also very generous on the inside with plenty of room for the second row. Much like other 7-seaters on the market, the third row can be a tight fit for some adults but is more than enough room for kids. If you want something a little more luxurious, the Mazda CX-8 also comes with a 6-seater version.
A great suite of technology features
The Mazda CX-8 is no slouch when it comes to technology and safety features. The vehicle comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that is paired up with a 12-speaker Bose sound system. The infotainment system even has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard even for the entry-level version of the CX-8. Aside from this the 7-seater also comes with a great array of safety features in the form of Mazda’s i-Activ Sense. This gives it access to features such as adaptive radar cruise control, Smart Brake Support, rear cross-traffic alert, driver attention alert, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, and blind-spot monitors just to name a few. This puts it easily on par with the rest of the 7-seaters in its segment making it one of the safest models to get.
All naturally aspirated power
Under the hood, the Mazda CX-8 comes powered by a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter gasoline engine that produces 187 hp and 252 Nm of torque. It may not have the turbo-powered diesel grunt like its other 7-seater rivals, but it does manage to deliver a smooth and comfortable ride. Power comes in linearly and the 6-speed automatic transmission does a great job delivering quick and seamless shifts.
With that said, if you want a vehicle that breaks the norm of having diesel power and just wants an overall smoother driving experience, then you should definitely consider the Mazda CX-8. It comes with a well-made premium interior, all the modern-day features you could need in a 7-seater, and a host of safety features that will help keep your family safe in a worst-case scenario, then you should consider the Mazda CX-8 as your next family car.
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