October 16, 2007
Motor Trend names Mazda CX-9 “2008 Sport/Utility of the Year”
2008 Mazda CX-9. Click image to enlarge
Los Angeles, California – Motor Trend magazine has announced that it has named the Mazda CX-9 as its 2008 Sport/Utility of the Year. The CX-9 was named the top contender in a field of 11 sport utility vehicles.
Motor Trend editor-in-chief Angus MacKenzie noted that the 2008 field, while smaller than in 2007, included significant new entries, including the Enclave, which he calls “not just the best Buick SUV, but the best Buick, period”, and a Hyundai that “may have car buyers think twice about Lexus.” However, the CX-9 was a unanimous decision by the panel of judges. “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 line-up,” MacKenzie says. “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.”
Motor Trend’s editorial staff tested the vehicles on off-road, street and track conditions; the vehicles are not compared to each other, but are evaluated for superiority (engineering, design, and utilization of resources), significance (its impact on the market) and value. Sport/Utility of the Year is open only to all-new or substantially upgraded vehicles that have gone on sale in the twelve months from November 1 of the previous year.
The Mazda CX-9 was named over the Buick Enclave, Hyundai Veracruz, Jeep Liberty, Jeep Patriot, Land Rover LR2, Nissan Rogue, Saturn Vue, Subaru Tribeca, Toyota Highlander and Toyota Land Cruiser (a model not sold in Canada).