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

Mazda CX-5 and CX-9

Mazda has many good choices in its line-up. Two were just rewarded with a spot on the Car and Driver 10 Best Trucks and SUVs List. The 2018 Mazda CX-5 earned a spot as the Best Compact Crossover. The 2018 Mazda CX-9 took the honors as the Best Midsize Crossover. These Mazda vehicles appealed to the judges on many levels, including performance, drivability, and packaging.

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 is better than the normal compact crossover. As the Car and Driver reviewers report, this category is full of underpowered vehicles that are boring to drive. CX-5 models beat the odds by offering one of the most potent four-cylinder engines in the category. Beating rivals Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, and Toyota RAV4 by ten horses or more, CX-5 power outlay is 187 horsepower and 186 lb.-ft. of torque. Yet it manages to earn 25 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. Cylinder deactivation reduces fuel use on the highway. Smart City Brake Support supplies an autobrake for low-speed collision scenarios.

If the CX-5 appeal was limited to drivability, it wouldn't have made it into the rankings. The crossover also had to prove it could handle its passenger responsibilities. A large passenger volume permits wiggle room for all five positions. Most impressively, the SUV has 39.6 inches of second-row legroom. Helping the driver, the SUV has a rear cross-traffic alert for reverse maneuvers and a blind spot monitor for safer lane changes. U.S. News and World Report have its own ranking system, and it places the CX-5 among the top two in its class.

Like the CX-5, the 2018 CX-9 has a high-value package even at the entry level. In addition to a blind spot monitor/rear cross-traffic alert system, the SUV also has auto-leveling headlights. The interior boasts 135 cubic feet of passenger space to seat up to seven on three rows. Car and Driver Magazine praises the big SUV’s carlike seating position and class-superlative visibility. The reviewers note that the SUV architecture keeps weight low, making it more efficient. Gas mileage is 28 mpg/highway, saving money for families on the go. The turbo engine produces 250 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. That high rate of torque keeps the SUV competitive whether it’s sprinting onto the highway or climbing inclines.

Performance vigor is a major reason that the CX-9 earned its spot on the Car and Driver 10 Best SUVs list. Tuned to balance comfort and composure, the chassis is firm enough to help the driver and supple enough to keep passengers comfortable. This represents the second win for the CX-9. For 2018, updates and improvements have made it better in many ways. The second-row now moves forward for easier third-row access. The second-row seat levers are easier to use. Noise insulation efforts have reduced unwanted road noise in the cabin. New selections include heated second-row seats and a heated steering wheel.

Drivers looking to upgrade their ride will find satisfaction in either of these models. The 2018 Mazda CX-9 and CX-5 are now available at Reliable Mazda. Find your favorite Mazda vehicle and test drive today!

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