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Official Website of the New Car Buyer Gets a First Look at the Mazda CX-9

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2008 Mazda CX-9

Lead Auto Expert, Mark Perleberg, Says It's a 'Spicy' Commuter With Great Fuel Economy

COSTA MESA, Calif., Feb. 6 -- Mark Perleberg, Lead Auto Expert at ( -- a leading vehicle information website -- recently had a first look and an extensive test drive of the new 2007 Mazda CX-9. Perleberg weighs in on the car's features to assist shoppers with their car buying research.

"Even though the CX-9 fits up to seven passengers with ease, it's definitely not a boring people hauler," said Perleberg. "It's a spicy, fun- to-drive commuter designed with sportiness in mind. Best of all, it's easy on gas, with a fuel economy in the 18 to 24 MPG range."

Mazda recently held a new car Case Study analysis at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, conducting interviews of 30 to 50-year-olds and their preferences for family vehicles. As part of this analysis, Perleberg maneuvered the CX-9 through tough mountain test driving in the Angeles Forest in southern California.

"What I liked most about the CX-9 is the way Mazda combined the maneuverability and power of a sports car on a spacious SUV platform," said Perleberg. "I would say this is the perfect vehicle for a mom or dad who wants a little more 'oomph' than the standard minivan."

Perleberg says that as interest in the minivan has diminished in the past few years, and as skyrocketing gas prices have taken a bite out of the family budget, Mazda officials were challenged with replacing the MPV with something more enticing and economical. According to Perleberg, the CX-9 fits the bill.

"I also like the fact that the CX-9 comes with the latest in safety design. In addition to practicality and appeal, I firmly believe the car's safety features will be an added incentive for prospective buyers."

The Mazda CX-9's price tag falls between $29,000 for the base model to the Grand Touring edition which tops out at just under $33,000, with pricing and specification information available in the New Car Center of In addition to new car prices, car quotes, and new car reviews similar to the CX-9 review, Perleberg says provides the opportunity for car buyers to compare new cars such as the CX-9 against other similar makes and models, to help with the car buying research process.

To learn about the Mazda CX-9, as well as virtually every new car and used car on the market today, car buyers can log onto ( for more information.


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