The Mazda CX-9 was named 2008 North American Truck of the Year by a panel of almost 50 automotive journalists.
All-new for 2008, the CX-9 was chosen by journalists for being trendy and enjoyable to drive whereas performing duties related to minivans and sport-utility automobiles. In spite of profitable the truck award, the CX-9 is taken into account a crossover utility vehicle as a result of its construction and attributes straddle the line between car and truck.
“The CX-9 is the best expression of an rising vehicle class, the lowered-fats full-size SUV,” wrote Automotive and Driver’s Tony Swan. “Passenger car underpinnings make it lighter and extra fuel environment friendly than conventional huge SUVs, and Mazda’s emphasis on ‘Zoom Zoom’ spirit make it extra enjoyable to drive.”
Jayne O’Donnell cited its “spectacular energy, modern styling, room for seven and extra safety than most individuals would think to ask for.”
“Futuristic type and interior flexibility give the CX-9 consumer-friendliness with a aptitude,” stated John Gilbert who writes for Minneapolis-St. Paul Journal.
“Mazda has injected its ‘soul of a sports activities car’ philosophy into a trendy, nice dealing with, no excuses, full-size crossover that may get greater than soccer mothers again in the recreation,” stated Ken Gross who writes for Playboy and different publications.
USA At present’s Jim Healey referred to as the CX-9 “a candy mixture of utility, sportiness and considerate design.”
“It provides area and luxury, exact driving, passenger and cargo flexibility,” wrote Matt Nauman.
We discovered the Mazda CX-9 roomy and sensible right here at New Automotive Check Drive. Climbing out and in is straightforward, but the seats are excessive sufficient to supply that commanding view of the street that many drivers want. Its V6 and 6-velocity automated ship spirited efficiency, and it’s loaded with lively and passive safety features.
“Rather a lot of automotive awards are given out annually,” famous New Automotive Check Drive editor Mitch McCullough. “However the North American Automotive of the Year and North American Truck of the Year awards are totally different. Quite than coming from a single media group, these two awards are determined by forty nine unbiased automotive journalists. They symbolize the best automotive journalists from print, radio, tv, and the web.”
Amongst the media represented: Automotive and Driver, Street & Monitor, USA Immediately, the Chicago Solar Occasions, the Detroit Information, the Chicago Tribune, Fortune journal, AutoWeek, Edmunds.com, Shopper Information, the Automotive Connection, and New Automotive Check Drive.