02. 2012 Mazda CX-9
The 2012 Mazda CX-9 manages to transcend expectations when it comes to handling in the full-size crossover segment. The Mazda CX-9 can seat up to seven passengers as well as swallow 101 cubic feet of gear with the second and third rows folded forward, but more importantly its chassis comes alive in the corners and does a credible job of masking its size and weight with lively, agile steering through the twisties.
The 2012 Mazda CX-9 is motivated by a 272 horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 engine. Also capable of producing 270 lb-ft of torque, this unit delivers fuel economy of 17-mpg around town and 24-mpg on the highway. A six-speed automatic transmission is included free of charge with the CX-9, while all-wheel drive is available as an option.