The 2020 Mazda CX-9 skirts perfection as cabin and cargo space trail rivals, the infotainment system is awkward and frustrating, while the third row is a child-only zone. But a stunning, graceful design, an interior that surpasses many luxury brands, and a long list of advanced safety features make it a top pick in the class.
The big, old-school, body-on-frame 2019 Lexus LX570 continues to impress us with its edgy looks, sumptuous interior, muscular V-8, and smooth ride. But the big off-roader’s grille is also polarizing, fuel economy is dismal, while the introduction of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is the only bright spot in an infotainment system that still relies on a distracting mouse-like controller.
The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, mildly freshened this year, continues to offer moderately good looks, a smooth ride, plenty of interior room, and an attractive entry-level price point. But a pair of mediocre powertrains return only average fuel economy, the cut-rate interior displays lackluster quality and, 10 years into its current model run, is another step behind competitors.
New last year, the 2019 Toyota C-HR retains its chiseled looks and smooth ride, and adds new trim levels, safety and tech upgrades, and styling tweaks. But accommodations in back are cramped, acceleration borders on leisurely, while all-wheel-drive is not offered.