The Mazda CX8 AWD is a midsize crossover that slots between the Mazda CX5 and the Mazda CX9. It’s the flagship crossover in Japan, where the 2020 Mazda CX-9 is not being offered. The 2020 Mazda CX 8 is slimmer than both the 2021 CX5 and the 2021 Mazda CX9, which makes it easier to drive around tight roads. The top-spec Mazda CX8 Exclusive comes with 6 seats, giving a more premium passenger experience. The lower variant CX8 Signature can seat seven. In this Filipino car review, I borrowed the CX8 Exclusive for a week to see how it fits my lifestyle. It’s the best driving crossover for the price, and also the best passenger experience. It is as plush as a Toyota Alphard, but has a smaller cabin space. Despite the arrival of more affordable Chinese crossovers, the Mazda CX-8 offers a drive experience that is a class above.
Special thanks to Mazda Philippines for this opportunity to experience the Mazda CX8 in full.