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Mazda’s Top SUVs Clinch ‘Car and Driver’ 10Best Titles

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2018 Mazda CX-9

Mazda is immensely proud of all of its vehicles and works diligently to make them all appealing. However, of the brand’s whole lineup, its two largest models, the CX-5 and CX-9, have become its most prominent since their respective redesigns.


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It seems that the hard work that went into the two models has paid off, as Car and Driver magazine has named each as the best in their respective classes (Mid-Size SUVs for the CX-9 and Compact SUVs for the CX-5) for the 2018 10Best Trucks and SUVs awards. For both vehicles, this is an impressive accomplishment, as all portions of the SUV market have become crowded with new, strong offerings.

For the CX-5 in particular (which is Mazda’s best-selling vehicle by far), editors said, “From the first turn of the wheel, it’s evident that the Mazda is something different.” They then went on to laud the CX-5 for its impressive steering responsiveness, and adding that its chassis “provides a master class in body control—firm enough to make for engaging handling yet supple enough to shrug off pavement imperfections.”


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Praise was similar for the larger CX-9, focusing on the CX-9’s targeted use by families, saying that although the CX-9 is the brand’s best example of “bringing driving satisfaction to the daily grind,” and adding that it “sets the benchmark for how a three-row SUV should satisfy its driver.”

This is high praise, and the two awards elevate the small Japanese brand to one of the top three most-awarded brands in the history of Car and Driver’s 10Best awards.