We just reported last week that the Mazda CX-9 was attracting luxury car buyers to the Mazda name for the first time. “Our dealers are telling us they”re seeing people (trade in) BMW X5s and that (customers) are cross-shopping Acura MDXs and Volvo XC90s,” said Chris Hill, vehicle line manager-CX-9.
Today the Mazda CX-9 is also driving around the streets proud as it earned the 2008 SUV of the Year from Motor Trend.
“We wondered if it would be possible for Mazda to inject its sports car DNA into their first-ever three-row crossover-a crossover that happened to be one of the largest in the lineup,” said editor-in-chief Angus MacKenzie.
“After three days of testing, that question was answered in full. It was arguably the most enjoyable sport/utility to drive, and a great reminder that SUVs can be as exciting as any car.”
Other SUV’s on the list included:
– Buick Enclave
– Hyundai Veracruz
– Jeep Liberty
– Jeep Patriot
– Land Rover LR2
– Nissan Rouge
– Saturn Vue
– Subaru Tribeca
– Toyota Highlander
– Toyota Land Cruiser
Source: Motor Trend
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