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.
Unchanged a year following a complete redesign, the 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid retains a sleek design, smooth ride, standard advanced safety systems, and impressive fuel economy. At the same time, steering is numb, the engine sounds ragged when hustled, the large grille overpowers the sleek design, while rear cross-traffic alert is only available as part of an expensive option package on the top-trim Limited.
In the second model year of the latest generation, the 2020 Honda Passport continues to offer buyers a quiet, comfortable interior, smooth, refined ride, simple, intuitive infotainment software, and a wide range of standard advanced safety features. At the same time, the exterior is hardly adventurous, the 9-speed transmission still needs work, a hybrid version is unavailable, while the absence of a low-range transfer case means it lacks true off-road chops.
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.