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Mazda CX-8 Pricing and Specs


Mazda CX-8
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CarsGuide has published 17 expert reviews of the Mazda CX-8. It has an average rating of 8.2 out of 10. Read all the reviews here.

The Mazda CX-8 is available from $34,430 to $74,250 for the 2023 range of models in SUV body types.

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Mazda CX-8 FAQs

The high oil level came on while driving my 2020 Mazda CX-8 diesel

Mazda (and other car-makers) have been having lots of problems with the oil level rising in the engines of some of their diesel models. The problem is caused by the Diesel Particulate Filter attempting to regenerate itself. In an ideal world, these diesel vehicles would be driven for at least an bour or so at freeway speeds at least once a month. That would get the exhaust system hot enough for the DPF to regenerate on its own (burn the contaminants from the exhaust to ash and expel them, basically).

But in cars that don’t see this sort of use and are more commonly driven around the suburbs at moderate speeds, the exhaust never gets hot enough for this to occur. So, the solution has been to inject extra diesel into the engine to make the exhaust hotter and, therefore, get it all to a temperature where DPF regeneration can occur. The problem is that some of that diesel can get into the sump of the engine where it dilutes the engine oil. And that’s why you’re seeing the level rising on the dipstick over a period of weeks and months.

Diluted engine oil is bad news because it may not lubricate and protect the engine as well as non-polluted oil. The warning light you’re seeing is telling you that you might be at that point and that an engine oil change is probably a good idea, even if the service interval hasn’t been reached yet. Just draining some of the contents of the sump away is not the answer as the oil is already diluted by the diesel.

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Which mid-size, diesel SUV should I buy?

Mazda’s SUV range (CX-5 and CX-8) are popular with their owners and have a good reputation in the trade. Crucially, they’re also available with a turbo-diesel engine, so they fit your criteria on that basis. We’d also suggest you take a good look at the South Korean brands’ offerings (Hyundai and Kia) as these are also highly rated by the trade and those companies have been involved with small-capacity diesel engines for decades, so the technology is pretty well sorted.

It’s interesting that you’ve had a good run from your Holden Captiva as that is far from the experience of many owners and former owners of this particular vehicle. As the Captiva ages it is very likely to start giving trouble, so the best advice is to trade up to a newer vehicle sooner rather than later.

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Mazda CX-8 DPF issues around town?

Given the CX-8 only arrived on the market in June 2018, it's a bit too early to say conclusively, but the current CX-5 diesel (which shares its mechanicals with the CX-8) seems to be trouble free under these conditions. 

Early versions of the first-generation CX-5 diesel had diesel particulate filter (DPF) issues that caused diesel fuel to leak into the engine oil, but this was fixed with hardware and software upgrades under warranty in 2012. 

Having said that, any car will likely benefit from the odd highway run, but I wouldn't have any concerns about the CX-8 around town. 

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