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In what must have been a tough decision, Motor Trend has chosen Mazda's 2008 CX-9 as their SUV of the Year. The Associated Press quotes the magazine's editor-in-chief, Angus MacKenzie, as saying the CX-9 is "arguably the most enjoyable sport utility to drive, and a great reminder that SUVs can be as exciting as any car."

Motor Trend is expected to make the announcement early Monday, while those still relying on dead trees and the postal service will learn about it in the November 6th issue of the print pub.

The seven-seat, 273 hp SUV won the honor by beating out tough competition like Buick's Enclave, Toyota's Highlander and Land Cruiser and the Land Rover LR2. Others in the running were Hyundai Veracruz, Jeep Liberty and Patriot, the Nissan Rogue, Saturn's Vue and the Subaru Tribeca.

[Source: The Associated Press]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm not even sure why they mention the Enclave in this article. Buick competes with Acura, Lexus, Audi, etc... Mazda competes with Toyota, Honda, GMC... The base price for the Enclave is about 7k more... which comes out to > 25%. I would hope that a luxury SUV is better than an entry level model. My guess is that value is factored into the overall decision. Which is fine by me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This must be what the "big announcement" on Mazdausa.com is. They have a countdown clock to a "major CX-9 press announcement."
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm 20, and I would rather go for the Buick Enclave.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm sorry - overpriced Acadia w/ port holes on the side? I'll pass. Gimme the Mazda.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Food for thought: Most Buick buyers are grandparents!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      My wife recently bought a CX-9. We did drive an Enclave. I thought it was pretty good, but she didn't like it. Mostly the little things - interior has some very cheap bits that stick out and ruin the whole impression. In addition, the plastic molding above the wheel wells got unglued and was sticking out. When you see something like that on a brand new car in a showroom, that's it, the car is out of the running immediately.

      The CX-9 is a very,very good deal for the price. Sure, there are compromises, but it is very well put together and very well designed. Heck, the MDX is a lot more $$$ and there's still tons of cheap bits in the interior. As always, Audi Q7 has the best interior (Acura doesn't even come close, sorry Honda fans) but the Q7 is slow as hell and guzzles premium gas.

      And, of course, I've never ever driven a car of this size that handles THAT well, it's actually an amazing achievement.
      • 7 Years Ago
      When comparing the CX-9 to the Enclave, it comes down to whether handling or functionality is your priority- styling is always subjective.

      The Enclave is bigger - 2" longer, 3" wider, 4" taller; offers 15 cu. ft. more max cargo space; can carry 8 passengers to the CX-9's seven; has a payload that is 112 lbs greater, with a tow rating of 4500 lbs vs the CX-9's 3500. The Enclave also gets better MPG.

      Given the positive reviews for the Enclaves' interior and NVH, it's not like the CX-9 can trounce it there, either.

      The CX-9 will handle better and look more sporty than the luxury themed Enclave, but beyond that, there's not a whole lot of categories the CX-9 seems to lead in.
      • 7 Years Ago
      WTF I will never pick buick PERIOD.
      Why are people even talking about buick anyway?
      LR2 looks way better than any of the competitors.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would take the CX-9 over the Buick any day!! Hell I would take the CX-7 over the Enclave. Oh and I am 26 yr old as well. The Buick looks long and has horrible proportions. Nothing against Buick but it's not attractive at all.
      • 7 Years Ago
      First, to all the 20 somethings that are picking the Enclave, have you ever driven one? I agree it looks good, but the transmission killed it for me. It is very indecisive and hunts for a gear at cruising speeds. It was very annoying and the interior bits aren't luxury quality. Look at it from the perspective that you're about to lay down 45 large on this vehicle. Do you still like it?

      Secondly, I drove all the SUVs in this category, and I have to agree with MT's choice. That's were I put my money, and I now have a CX-9 in the driveway. It had the smoothest ride, a buttery smooth transmission, plus NAV, DVD with Bose 5.1 surround, remote start, power tailgate, and 20in wheels. That is a loaded bargain for the price. If you are seriously looking for a new utility vehicle, give the CX-9 a test drive.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As for the looks the Buick is no match for CX-9. I'd take the Mazda.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Good Job Mazda and Ford!!!!!
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