MotorWeek has named the 2017 Mazda CX-9 the best Large Utility Vehicle. The all-new CX_9 debuted as a 2016 model year vehicle last summer and has quickly gained the attention and praise of the driving enthusiast media. The CX-9 is a clean-sheet design, that no longer shares its underpinnings and drivetrain with any Ford vehicles.
The CX-9 is unique in its segment in that it uses a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Almost every competitor opts for a larger, smoother, more powerful V6.This doesn't hurt the CX-9's drivability at all, and may, in fact, be an asset.
MotorWeek's praise comes as part of the publication's Driver's Choice Awards. The CX-9 wins its segment, and MotorWeek said the vehicle is an, "...emotionally-styled, hand-crafted piece of automotive machinery that moves your soul as much as it moves people and cargo."
Torque News tested the new CX-9 and found that there are three areas in which it stands out.