IRVINE, Calif. (January 16, 2019) – The 2019 Mazda CX-5 compact crossover SUV and 2019 Mazda CX-9 three-row crossover SUV have been named two of Car and Driver magazine’s 10Best Trucks and SUVs for 2019. This is the second straight Best Compact SUV honor for the Mazda CX-5, and third consecutive Best Mid-Size SUV crowning for the Mazda CX-9.
Both SUVs distinguished themselves amongst the competition, while also exceeding expectations with their value. The Mazda CX-5 and CX-9 demonstrated the qualities of a 10Best winner by delivering visceral driving experiences, excellent fuel efficiency, sophisticated design and refined craftsmanship.
Car and Driver noted that, “The Mazda CX-5 provides luxury-grade interior refinement at solidly nonluxury prices; ride and handling that feel sized up from a Miata, rather than dumbed down for mass-market appeal; and an exterior that bucks the boxy conventions of its segment in favor of something significantly more elegant. But most of all, there’s the sense that the CX-5 was designed for people like us—people who love to drive.”
The Mazda CX-9 was also praised by Car and Driver for standing out in its class by providing exceptional driving dynamics with a refined interior and design.
“Nothing in this class can match the CX-9’s dynamic competence. It’s not even close, friends. If you need a three-row SUV, you will not find a better-driving, more satisfying one than the Mazda CX-9. Period. Take a gander at the flowing curves and taut lines of the CX-9. Inspect its tasteful adornment. Inside, you will find one of the most handsome arrangements of materials in the segment. A mass-market family vehicle needn’t look and feel like a plastic storage bin. And you need not pilot a rudderless barge down the shipping lanes of middle age.”
The Mazda CX-5 raises the bar in 2019 by adding two new, more luxurious top-tier trim levels with Grand Touring Reserve and Signature. The 2019 Mazda CX-5 refines the powertrain lineup with the addition of the turbocharged four-cylinder SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine and an enhanced focus on the chassis featuring the latest technologies with G-Vectoring Control Plus. It also hosts advanced features that help improve on the vehicle’s comfort, convenience and safety. The 360° View Monitor and the 7-inch, full-color touchscreen display with available Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibilities are among the new features available on the 2019 model.
The 2019 Mazda CX-9 also introduces new features and refinements to benefit drivers and passengers in all three rows. The Mazda CX-9 has a retuned suspension that provides a smoother, more natural ride experience. Greater sound suppression was achieved by way of a thicker headliner and thicker floor mats, which aid in ease of conversation and enjoyment. The flagship three-row SUV is now available with a 360° View Monitor, ventilated front seated, new, power-folding mirrors and Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibilities.
Car and Driver’s 10Best accolade is one of the most sought-after awards in the automotive industry. For eligibility, vehicles must be a returning winner, all-new or significantly revised with a base price of $90,000 or less. Vehicles are judged on their class, value and driving experience.
Most recently, the 2019 MX-5 Miata was named as one of Car and Driver’s10Best Cars. For the 18th year in a row, the MX-5 Miata has taken top honors on this renowned list for punching above its weight class and exemplifying the ideal roadster with value, excellent driving dynamics and a timeless design.
Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, California, and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at InsideMazda.MazdaUSA.com/Newsroom.
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Tim Olson, Mazda North American Operations, 949-727-6651
Justin Pagtalunan, Mazda Information Bureau, 714-913-9828