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.
Three years into its current model cycle, the 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid continues to impress, offering a sharp design, smooth ride, spacious interior, and excellent fuel economy, while a new audio alert system should translate to increased safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and other road users. At the same time, steering is numb, much of the interior door trim is hard plastic, while engaging Sport mode invites CVT drone.
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.
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.