The 2019 Mazda CX-9 is just one three-row SUV in a jam-packed class of tough competitors. The CX-9 stands out among the rest with its responsive, turbocharged drivetrain and sporty edge. While the ever-popular Kia Telluride has it beat in interior space, the CX-9 has managed to outdo the Telluride this week, landing itself at No.1 on our list of top five reviews.
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Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley says the CX-9 drives as you would expect a Mazda to drive, delivering an experience that is a cut above the rest.
“The biggest thing that separates the CX-9 from its competitors is ride and handling,” he writes. “Taut suspension tuning results in well-controlled body motions that give the SUV a planted feel in corners. Most three-row SUVs make their considerable bulk known when you toss them into corners, but the CX-9 willingly plays along when you have the urge to drive it like the Miata you owned before you had kids.”
Putting the CX-9 in Sport mode, Hanley says, really adds to the experience. It holds lower gears longer before upshifting, heightening the drivetrain response. Sport mode also adds increased gas pedal sensitivity.
What else makes the CX-9 a “sporty outlier” in a crowded class of three-row SUVs? Check out the review via the link below to find out.
In videos this week, our drag-strip test of the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat sits at No. 1. Our First Look at the refreshed 2020 Toyota Tundra takes the second spot. It’s followed closely by another drag-strip test, this one pitting the 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack against the 2018 Ford Mustang GT. Coming in fourth is our First Drive of the 2020 Hyundai Palisade, and last up (once again) is our 2019 Compact SUV Challenge.
Here are the top five reviews and videos of the week:
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