2019 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD
Mazda uses the “Go big, or go home” philosophy seriously with the CX-9 to accommodate the demands of large families. Still attractively sleek regardless of its 3-row, seven-passenger capacity, the Signature is the highest grade of the trims starting at $45,365, boasting Auburn Nappa leather seating; LED signature grille accent lighting; and genuine Santos Rosewood trim. Sedan-like qualities such as all-wheel drive, plus a punchy SKYACTIVE 2.5T Turbo Engine with Sport mode maxing 250 horsepower, trailer stability control, a separate rear entertainment system, and a 5-star safety rating average keep loved ones safe and sound. For slightly cheaper, yet equally sound considerations, the CX-9 comes in Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring versions as well.
Price: $45,365 fully equipped as reviewed.
2019 Chevy Traverse AWD Premier and High Country
Popular due to its practicality, roominess, 4G LTE WiFi, OnStar system, and comfortably carrying up to seven adults, Chevrolet’s design team added an impressive facelift to the new Traverse’s list of accolades; the custom Silver Ice Metallic body coat, 20-inch “Gloss Black” wheels with red accents, daytime running lamps, and roof rails gave the 2019 Premier edition a welcomed sporty-meets-aggressive appearance. Its 3.6-liter, V-6 heart, nine-speed automatic transmission, a plethora of safety options including an “SOS” button for emergencies, “Teen Driver” technology, an eight-inch color touchscreen, and numerous apps for extensive mobile device capability are just a few of the numerous attractions to add to its resume.
Note: The Traverse comes in an amazing seven trims, and the highest level is the High Country. This impressive edition comes with emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, leather interior, IntelliBeam high beam assist, and signature SkyScape power sunroof with tilt coupled with a back fixed skylight with sunscreen for optimal stargazing.
Price: $48,200 (MSRP); $50,045 with all options
Sneak Peek: 2020 Jeep Gladiator Overland 4x4
This highly anticipated revamp took almost 30 years to answer the prayers for the pickup enhancement. The Gladiator Overland boasts 18-inch Granite Crystal Aluminum Wheels, a Premium LED Lighting package, exclusive convertible capability, and a 5-foot cargo bed stocked with a 115-volt AC outlet. All in all, the Gladiator has successfully rewarded all the loyalists who patiently awaited its return. Look for it!