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Mazda Earns 2 Spots in Car and Driver’s 10Best Truck & SUV List

Car and Driver Magazine has been an authority on everything automotive since 1961 and has never been bashful about dolling out some hard truths from time to time.  That is why each year it is an honor and quite the accomplishment to make the ranks of Car and Driver’s 10Best list, a feat Mazda accomplished twice for the 2018 model year.  Car and Driver imparts the following stipulations on the entrants to the competition: only the previous year’s winner and vehicles that have made significant updates are eligible, vehicles must be on sale by January 31st, 2018 and have a base price of less than $80,000.  They then have their entire editorial staff test drive each vehicle for a week and rank them on the following criteria: Value, Driving Enjoyment, and Overall Mission Fulfillment.

Which 2018 Mazda Models Won Car and Driver’s 10Best List?

The votes have been tallied and the winners are in, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 won for Best Compact SUV, and the 2018 Mazda CX-9 won for Best Mid-Size SUV.  Mazda was the only manufacturer with two vehicles on the list of Car and Driver’s 10Best Trucks & SUVs, even amongst powerhouses like, BMW, Porsche, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz.

The 2018 Mazda CX-5’s whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and that is why it was the winner of Car and Drivers 10Best compact SUV.  None of the specs or features of the 2018 CX-5 are class leading but all of them are in the top tier and that equates to one overall awesome driving machine.  Providing its owners with a comfortable cabin and an exciting and efficient driving experience.  All while being priced to sell, loaded with advanced safety and comes equipped with one of the industry’s strongest warranties.

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Driver's side exterior view of a red 2018 Mazda CX-5

Rear exterior view of a red 2018 Mazda CX-5

For many of the same reasons, the 2018 Mazda CX-9 won for best mid-size SUV as well.  The 2018 Mazda CX-9 is a repeat winner of the Car and Driver 10Best mid-size sedan and beat out the likes of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, GMC Acadia, Volkswagen Atlas, and even the Honda Pilot.  Delivering an unmatched driving experience with a light chassis and a low center of gravity, the 2018 Mazda CX-9 provides car-like agility and control with the everyday interior space that drivers desire.

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Driver's side exterior view of a gray 2018 Mazda CX-9

Rear exterior view of a black 2018 Mazda CX-9