Mazda is recognized on Car and Driver’s 10 Best Trucks and SUVs

By Product Expert | Posted in Mazda CX-5, Mazda CX-9, News on Friday, January 19th, 2018 at 4:48 pm
Mazda is recognized on Car and Driver's 10 Best Trucks and SUVs

2018 Mazda CX-5 and CX-9 Earn Spots on Top 10 List 

Mazda manufactures amazing vehicles that excel in efficiency, performance and safety.  So, it’s no wonder why Mazda SUVs are recognized for greatness.  Recently, the new CX-5 and CX-9 crossover SUVs by Mazda have been recognized on Car and Driver’s 10 Best Trucks and SUVs list. 

Car and Driver has awarded the 2018 Mazda CX-5 and the 2018 Mazda CX-9 on its 10 Best Trucks and SUVs list.  It selects winners by comparing the vehicles based on which segment the vehicle is a part of.  The CX-5 won the category for the Best Compact SUV and the CX-9 was recognized as the Best Mid-Size SUV.  The vehicles are judged based on chassis dynamics, fuel efficiency, craftsmanship, design and refinement. 

2018 Mazda CX-5 driving on road during sunrise

2018 Mazda CX-5 awarded Best Compact SUV 

The 2018 CX-5 was noted as “something different” by the Car and Driver editors, and they were extremely excited by the “eagerness” in how the compact crossover SUV follows steering commands.  Overall, they stated that its chassis “provides a master class in body control,” which allows for amazing handling while driving. 

Many have been praising the new CX-5 for its above class quality and refinement while still offering affordable pricing.  Plus, it has been upgraded with cylinder-deactivation technology that will increase fuel efficiency by shutting down the 2 outside cylinders when they’re not needed.  And it also features increased levels of i-ACTIVSENSE on each trim, including the innovative Smart City Brake Support automatic emergency braking. 

This is the CX-5’s first time winning the Best Compact SUV category. 


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2018 Mazda CX-9 awarded Best Mid-Size SUV 

2018 Mazda CX-9 parked with a city background

The editors at Car and Driver praised the 2018 CX-9 for its brilliant balance between “utility and driving enjoyment.”  Overall, they stated that the CX-9 is a perfect example of how driving satisfaction can be brought to the daily grind while still offering the practicality to take care of day-to-day responsibilities. 

The new CX-9 has also been upgraded with more convenient features to make it more accommodating for busy lifestyles.  For instance, the second-row is now able to slide farther forward, granting better access to the third-row; plus, the second-row levers have been improved to be easier-to-use.  Then the CX-9 is equipped with standard G-Vectoring Control vehicle dynamics enhancements and designed for better noise reduction.  And the CX-9 Touring models offer front parking sensor that make any kind of parking easier for drivers.  Then, to top it off, the CX-9 offers available heated steering wheels, heated second-row outboard seats and many other additional features. 

This is a repeat win for the CX-9 in the Best Mid-Size SUV category. 


If you are interested in the 2018 CX-5 or CX-9 models, you can stop in or contact us at Hickory Mazda today!  We’ll be glad to answer any of your questions and get you set up in a brand-new Mazda vehicle that you’ll love. 

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