2018 Mazda CX-5 and CX-9 on Car and Drivers 10 Best Trucks & SUVs List

Mazda CX-5 and CX-9

When Car and Magazine picks SUVs for its 10 Best lists, shoppers take notice. The magazine focuses on every aspect of car ownership, including performance. The 2018 Mazda CX-5 and the three-row 2018 Mazda CX-9 are on this year's list.

Calling the CX-9 a sophisticated standout, Car and Driver writes that the Mazda sets the benchmark for three-row SUV driver satisfaction. Judges explain how the SUV’s comfort and composure are balanced with the Mazda’s vigor. They point to its intelligent chassis response and the fluidity of its controls as other reasons this vehicle beat out similar mid-size vehicles. The CX-9 is one of the lightest in its class. It also has a low center of gravity compared to the other vehicles in its class. Strong, reliable brakes make the driver feel more secure. G-Force Vectoring Control software helps the SUV maintain stability and speed during cornering. All of these aspects provide a sense of agility for the busy family driver. The turbocharged engine delivers 250 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. That stout midrange grunt is managed by a well-tuned six-speed automatic. The result is real-world gusto.

The family budget is served by the use of a turbo. Combined with the SUV’s lighter weight, it helps the engine keep fuel economy in check. The SUV earns 28 mpg highway, a significant figure for such a spacious three-row ride. Car and Driver noted that the Mazda saves thousands, even in its higher trims, over many of the SUVs it beat to make the list. Ranked in the top four by United States News and World Report, the Mazda CX-9 gets good marks from many reviewers. The CX-9 package includes such standards as a blind spot monitor and auto-leveling headlights.

Car and Driver had many good things to say about the 2018 Mazda CX-5. Drivability once again dominated their thinking when choosing this compact crossover. The judges suggest the chassis could give a master class in body control. The crossover’s build also plays into how well it serves the driver. The wide track is matched with a lower center of gravity. The engine is a smart four-liter powerplant. It yields 187 horsepower and 186 lb.-ft. of torque. Drivers tend to be pleased with the Mazda because it offers more horsepower and torque than rivals like the Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4. Car and Driver reviewers note that the six-speed automatic transmission is quieter and just as good as competitors’ continuously variable transmissions.

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 is bigger than many of its rivals. With 39.6 inches of rear legroom, it is one of the class leaders. Car and Driver writes that the SUV’s sound insulation is dramatically better, adding to its premium nature. Adding value, Mazda standards include a blind spot monitor and a cross-traffic alert. Entertainment standards include HD Radio and a 7-inch display screen.

You can check out the 2018 Mazda CX-9 and CX-5 at Camelback Mazda. A test drive is a memorable hands-on experience, be sure to call or visit our local dealership on today!

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