We loved it at first sight, but it took two weeks to like it. There are several quirky things about the Mazda CX-8 that make it different and great at the same time.
Only having two seats in the second row leaves a void into the boot. And this makes it feel like a teenagers bedroom when you have stuff in the boot. Some people are ok with mess so it won’t bother them. At FAN, we’re considered neat freaks, so it annoyed the hell out of us for a few days.
The Mazda CX-8 more than compensated for our idiosyncrasies with luxury and refinement. We noticed it immediately. So quiet; so smooth; so relaxing to drive. And then we went touring on country roads. This is when the level of refinement placed the Mazda CX-8 in the same class as the European brands we’ve driven.
During the two weeks we had the Mazda CX-8 we keeping questioning the target market for this car because it didn’t seem to fit one. We checked VFACTS and found out Mazda had sold 3,524 June YTD (and 4,321 CX-9). So people like it, but who?
We didn’t find the answer but we know it’s not families. It didn’t play well with ours. For example, it’s harder to get into the third row of seats than it should be. All the adjustments are electric, so you need patience; which kids don’t have.
It feels like a super tourer but in the body of an SUV. Lots of space and comfort with a ride quality that soaks up the bumps and effortlessly eats the miles on an overnight road trip to the country. So this maybe the market; people not in a COVID lockdown.
Overall we loved it once we got use to it. We drive lots of different cars and the Mazda CX-8 was just a little bit difference – in a good way.
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