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 2019 Mazda Mazda6 continues to impress with a gorgeous design, sharp handling, and responsive 4-cylinder turbo on the top three trims, while meaningful additions for 2019 include additional advanced safety features on the entry-level model plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on all but the base trim. At the same time, the infotainment software remains distracting, top trims are pricey, the ride is much firmer than rivals, while a manual transmission is no longer available.
The 2019 Hyundai Tucson receives a refresh, and continues to impress with a broad selection of trims, active safety tech, an excellent warranty, and the brand’s solid value proposition. At the same time, it’s let down by average fuel economy, unexceptional performance, and numb steering, while the widest range of safety features are only offered on the top trim level.