When it comes to SUVs, Mazda is crushing the competition. Find out why Edmunds fell in love with the 2019 Mazda CX-3, CX-5 and CX-9.
Mazda SUVs Take Top 3s
SUVs continue to dominate in the American automotive market, and Mazda’s lineup is widely regarded as some of the best of the best.
The iconic Edmunds automotive information service puts out several lists of their top car, truck and SUV picks every year. Mazda made a strong showing in this year’s collection.
The 2019 CX-3, CX-5 and CX-9 each took some of the top slots in four different SUV categories, making Mazda proud.
If you’re looking for a great SUV, whether you need a sporty subcompact or family-friendly larger choices, look no further than the Mazda name.
2019 Mazda CX-9 – Best 3-Row Family SUV
2019 Mazda CX-9 – “Best 3-Row SUVs for Families”
Topping the list of “Best 3-Row SUVs for Families,” the 2019 Mazda CX-9 gave the automaker a commanding start. Edmunds was clearly a huge fan of the third-row SUV. Edmunds praised the CX-9’s “dynamic driving demeanor” as well as the luxurious design and styling of both the interior and exterior.
Despite being a family-suited SUV, the CX-9 does not lack for power. The turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine was a big hit with reviewers, who noted that it provides plenty of torque at a moment’s notice for easy acceleration.
Though one of the larger vehicles on the market, you wouldn’t know it once you got behind the wheel and went for a spin. Edmunds said that the CX-5 feels much smaller than it truly is, making winding roads that might scare away other SUVs an exciting prospect.
The CX-5 did come with one caveat: the interior is not as spacious as some SUVs, especially so in the third-row and cargo areas. Edmunds calmed concerns, however, by saying that the well-designed dashboard layout and high-quality materials more than make up for a little less space.
Edmunds summed up the CX-9 by saying it is an ideal choice for those looking to cruise around town with powerful performance while sitting alongside family members in style.
2019 Mazda CX-5 – “Best 2-Row SUVs for Families” and “Best Compact SUVs”
2019 Mazda CX-5 – Best 2-Row Family, Compact SUV
Not just leading the pack in three-row behemoths, Edmunds believed that Mazda had the answer for somewhat smaller SUVs as well. The 2019 Mazda CX-5 took second place for family-friendly two-row SUVs as well as compact SUVs in general. For those seeking a sporty, stylish SUV that still has space for cargo and family, at the cost a little function, Edmunds said the CX-5 is the top choice.
In some ways, the CX-5 is a hybrid, merging the performance of smaller cars, the luxury of more expensive offerings and the space of an SUV. Edmunds said the driving experience felt “more like a sports sedan than an SUV,” and that the interior design rivaled that of luxury-level automobiles. The car site also praised the breathtaking exterior, calling it “beautiful to behold.”
The hit in this case is that the CX-5 gave up a bit of practicality for that premium look and feel. Other SUVs offer slightly more cargo space and rear passenger comforts. However, Edmunds said that the CX-5 “stirs your soul when you’re on the move” in a way that should make up for such slight issues.
With SUVs often being rather boring to command, driving one that brings excitement is a big draw. That energizing experience can be improved even further by throwing in the available turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. With 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, the turbocharged CX-5 offers serious strength and agility.
2019 Mazda CX-3 – Best Subcompact SUV
2019 Mazda CX-3 – “Best Subcompact SUVs”
Rounding out Mazda’s award-winning SUV collection was the CX-3, the little brother to beefier offerings. The CX-3 took second place for the subcompact SUV category.
The CX-5 followed the trend set by the other Mazda SUVs in the list. Edmunds praised the impressive performance the CX-5 packs into a small package. The car site loved the thrill provided by the subcompact SUV, saying that it will “get your heart pounding every once in a while,” something that competitors just can’t provide.
This chest-thumping ability is provided by handling that makes the CX-5 feel more like a racer than a cargo hauler. Fuel economy was also a strong point for the subcompact SUV.
The catch, once again, is that the CX-5 isn’t quite as open as other SUVs. Edmunds found the back seat cramped and the cargo capacity a little lacking.
If you’re looking for something that feels great to drive that still offers SUV-tier space and cargo capacity, the CX-5 will thrill.
Ready to roll out in one of Edmunds’ favorite family- and small-sized SUVs? Try out a new CX-3, CX-5 or CX-9 today at Puente Hills Mazda!