The premium crossover SUV segment is quite competitive, especially with new entries and recent updates to popular models. We took 3 vehicles to see how these popular models compete, and which you should buy if you're looking to haul 7 people comfortably.

Special thanks to Park Avenue Infiniti & Groupe Park Avenue for helping us with footage for the Infiniti QX60. Find out more about Park Avenue Infiniti in Brossard, QC here: groupeparkavenue.com/en/infiniti-brossard

We knew we wanted to film a Showdown on premium mid-size crossover SUVs after driving the Infiniti QX60 back in November, and continued with the Mazda CX-9 Signature and Buick Enclave Avenir in January, so we made it happen. This is the first episode of TestDrive Showdown featuring 3 vehicles, and also the first episode where all the competitors are the same model year.

We took the 2018 Mazda CX-9 Signature at $53,100.00, the 2018 Infiniti QX60 Premium at $53, 645.00, and the 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir at $65,070.00 to see how each performs on the road, as a family hauler, and what gives you the best bang for your buck. This episode of TestDrive Showdown covers as much about each vehicle as possible, but we strongly suggest watching each Spotlight episode prior to the Showdown for all the information about each vehicle.

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Comments

    • Derek M
      Derek M

      What most fail to realize about the CX-9 and its turbo 4 is that it generates 310 ft lbs of torque starting at 2000 RPMs. This is important because low end torque is what really matters in these heavy vehicles to get them moving. How often do you really rev your 3 row SUV to 5000 or 6000 RPMs where you would see the advantages of the other 2 in this test? Rarely I think. I drove a 2019 cx9 the other day and was pleasantly surprised how well it accelerates...this engine is tuned very well for this SUV.

      about 3 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Derek M

      Great point! Now that Mazda is offering this engine in the CX-5 we’ve had some comments from viewers saying they need to offer more on the CX-9 now. Overall we found it had plenty of power for what most people need, and that low-end torque as you mention is key!

      about 3 months ago
    • Lien Trinh
      Lien Trinh

      If Mazda just increased the sizes and horsepower in their all models they will be on top of the world right now! Those are 2 things they was lacking that’s why other car companies can still competing with them.

      about 3 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Lien Trinh

      They might, considering both the CX-5 and Mazda3 have more power, along with the 2018 Mazda6, there's a good chance that their new SkyActiv-X engines might be able to stuff more ponies in.

      about 3 months ago
    • Dan Vasse
      Dan Vasse

      We own a CX5 and two CX9's and they are responsive and silky smooth. Mazdas are among the best of the best.

      about 3 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Dan Vasse

      We agree! Haven't driven a modern Mazda we haven't loved.

      about 3 months ago
    • Jorey Asmus
      Jorey Asmus

      The enclave came a few years before the infinity

      about 3 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Jorey Asmus

      2018 for the Enclave is an all-new generation. This Infiniti QX60 generation has been around since 2012.

      about 3 months ago
    • Mathieu Louis-Seize
      Mathieu Louis-Seize

      I really enjoyed this review. I just went from a $91,000 2018 Volvo XC90 T6 Inscription to a $58,000 2019 Mazda CX-9 GT last month and I can honestly say I like the CX-9 just as much. Other than not having the brand recognition it feels just as good as the vehicle I was driving a month ago which cost $33,000 more. I'm loving this ride and both my eyes, wallet, ego and the driver in me are very happy with the switch. BTW the 2019 CX-9 GT and Signature both now have 360 view camera and ventilated seats. ;-)

      about 4 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Mathieu Louis-Seize

      That they do! We published an episode of TestDrive Spotlight on the 2019 CX-9 a few months ago highlighting all the changes and enhancements they’ve made to the car for this model year. The other two in this Showdown didn’t see any real change for 2019, so Mazda’s value only got bette than it already did in this episode.

      about 4 months ago
    • Gi Uy
      Gi Uy

      I would say CX9 ...

      about 4 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Gi Uy

      Now that the 2019 CX-9 adds extra features it's really hard not to pick it!

      about 4 months ago
    • Ralph Velez
      Ralph Velez

      In 5 years the mazda will start to show its age.the Buick will still look and drive brand new

      about 5 months ago
    • Ralph Velez
      Ralph Velez

      Thatz why the Buick won

      about 5 months ago
    • Ralph Velez
      Ralph Velez

      The infinity is so outdated. The mazda is nice.but the Buick hands down is the best.the buick will hold up in the long run. I guarantee it will last the longest.and will look the best inside and out as the years go by .the mazda will start showing its age alot quicker.

      about 5 months ago
    • Dan Vasse
      Dan Vasse In reply to Ralph Velez

      Nooooo, the Mazda is the best in looks and performance. Silky smooth and delicious!!

      about 3 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Ralph Velez

      The Buick Enclave ended up making our Best of 2018 list.

      about 5 months ago
    • No Name
      No Name

      Mazda parts cost 3 times as much as Lexus and Acura.

      about 5 months ago
    • Erik Hertzer
      Erik Hertzer In reply to No Name

      Never heard that

      about 2 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to No Name

      Do you have a source for that?

      about 5 months ago
    • No Name
      No Name

      Mazda interior decorated by Dollar Tree. Feels very cheap

      about 5 months ago
    • CrankShaft
      CrankShaft

      Ewww mazda, for poor people

      about 5 months ago
    • Chase Downing
      Chase Downing

      Wonderful videos. Keep them coming! The CX-9 presents a tremendous value for your dollar with it being right there with the Buick. Curious your thoughts how the CX-9 stacks up with comfort/ride quality with the refreshed Lincoln offerings?

      about 6 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Chase Downing

      Mazda improved the ride and drive for the CX-9 for 2019, so I can only imagine how it stacks up with something like the Nautilus. Ford hasn’t offered it on their press fleet yet, but we’ll see if it’s something we can book in the spring!

      about 6 months ago
    • Matt Windisch
      Matt Windisch

      Do you work for Mazda?

      about 6 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Matt Windisch

      no

      about 6 months ago
    • Ace09
      Ace09

      CX-9 Signature for sure.

      about 6 months ago
    • Justin Fontaine
      Justin Fontaine

      How does Buick put out a full luxury premium vehicle and omit fog lamps? Detroit still misses the basics sometimes.

      about 6 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Justin Fontaine

      I think a lot of manufacturers feel that LED headlights are good enough, at least Buick didn't do what GMC did on their Denali line and put halogen fog lamps with their xenon headlights.

      about 6 months ago
    • Q&A With Shane
      Q&A With Shane

      Mazda hands down!

      about 6 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Q&A With Shane

      The CX-9 definitely stood out in this comparison, how that the 2019 has extra features and updates it'll be hard not to go with it even more.

      about 6 months ago
    • Dino Kross
      Dino Kross

      I knew this fool was from Canada, talking with a North American accent and using metric measurements. The only time I use the metric system is when I’m dealing with bullets..Muhrica, beech.

      about 7 months ago
    • WB Wayne
      WB Wayne In reply to Dino Kross

      @PRN_TestDrive
      That reply couldn't have been better. 🤣🤣

      about 2 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Dino Kross

      Cool story bro

      about 7 months ago
    • Lost in Iowa
      Lost in Iowa

      It would be nice to know which one of the three is more reliable.

      about 7 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Lost in Iowa

      Reliability info should be easily accessible for the CX-9 and QX60 since both have been on the market for a little while. I haven't heard of any complaints from CX-9 owners online, but that doesn't mean it's bulletproof.

      about 7 months ago
    • gto6.0
      gto6.0

      I have the 2017 qx60 and i like it a lot, am getting 19 mpg in city in standart mode...

      about 7 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to gto6.0

      Not bad! We do see a lot of QX60s on the road.

      about 7 months ago
    • Veronica D. Giovanni
      Veronica D. Giovanni

      Update: Don't buy Buick...it's a GM product. They're closing down plants everywhere and putting families out of income for no reason other than extreme greed. This is troubling.

      about 7 months ago
    • mybro727
      mybro727 In reply to Veronica D. Giovanni

      Veronica D. Giovanni you’re retarded. People are going to buy whatever is the best product on the market for them. Politics have nothing to do with the Buick being a great and reliable buy. You people need to grow up.

      about 6 months ago
    • 2WIREG
      2WIREG In reply to Veronica D. Giovanni

      Yea it's all them. Not your government cutting ties with other countries

      about 7 months ago
    • Jassie Singh Gill
      Jassie Singh Gill

      Enclave whata beautiful premium suv .

      about 7 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Jassie Singh Gill

      It's still one of our favourite vehicles this year!

      about 7 months ago
    • Joel C
      Joel C

      I bought the Infiniti QX60. I love it and it has the best reliability and name recognition. The CX-9’s interior looks “cheap” in comparison and the Buick is overpriced by comparison.

      The infotainment system of the QX60 does have a lot of buttons! After almost two months, I still don’t know what half of them are for! Lol 😝

      about 7 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Joel C

      Infotainment systems are tricky, after driving a lot of other cars this year we see how far behind all three of these manufacturers ultimately are when it comes to them.

      about 7 months ago
    • Anthony Lee
      Anthony Lee

      Mazda CX-9 is only a 4cylinder. Once you have been driving a V6 for a while you can feel the difference going back to a 4C SUV.

      about 7 months ago
    • Lost in Iowa
      Lost in Iowa In reply to Anthony Lee

      its a turbo

      about 7 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Anthony Lee

      While I agree with you, the reality is Mazda is ahead of the industry on this. Volvo has killed off everything that isn't a 4 cylinder engine, and essentially every other mainstream manufacturer has downsized their engines significantly over the past decade. I'll be very surprised if you can buy anything larger than an inline-4 in the compact or mid-size crossover segment by 2025.

      about 7 months ago
    • Laurie Grist
      Laurie Grist

      Good review! Go by what suites you and what it is You want!

      about 8 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Laurie Grist

      Glad you liked it, thanks!

      about 8 months ago
    • cee doubleyou
      cee doubleyou

      wow, so much snow!!!

      about 8 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to cee doubleyou

      Just wait, we're going to be filming a lot during the winter and we're expecting more snow than last year.

      about 8 months ago
    • appleiphone69
      appleiphone69

      Infinity to impress someone like coworkers or in-laws. Who the F cares about what they think anyways. Infinity is shit reliability, dated tech, French cost cutting.

      about 8 months ago
    • greg black
      greg black In reply to appleiphone69

      Infinity is meh. Drove a red sport q50 and was meh as well. Almost 60 k what a joke.

      about 1 month ago
    • Reeves Remo
      Reeves Remo In reply to appleiphone69

      some1s def salty lol

      about 3 months ago
    • Salam Altameeme
      Salam Altameeme

      I have a 2014 qx60 it’s a great and fun to drive car is very smooth and Infiniti extended the transmission warranty till 94000 miles or 2020 and they replaced the transmission at 65000 miles car is like a new now very comfortable so much features nice looking i had a BMW X5 and i like the Infiniti

      about 8 months ago
    • WB Wayne
      WB Wayne In reply to Salam Altameeme

      @Salam Altameeme
      That was back when Mazda was part of Ford, since seperating, Mazda has done much better for themselves and for consumers. The product quality now is far superior also. If you look closely, especially under your hood, you will find many Ford labels on parts. My 2009 Mazda 6 has a Ford oil dipstick for example. Fortunately for me my Mazda 6 has been very reliable. Just hit 70K miles.

      about 2 months ago
    • Salam Altameeme
      Salam Altameeme In reply to Salam Altameeme

      saliston I had 2012 mazda cx9 engine replaced at 29k miles and had many problems

      about 7 months ago
    • Salam Altameeme
      Salam Altameeme In reply to Salam Altameeme

      The old owner replaced it due to recall issue

      about 7 months ago
    • Lost in Iowa
      Lost in Iowa In reply to Salam Altameeme

      A tranny replacement at 65k? Yikes. I have a 2011 CX9 not one issue. I have over 103k miles and all i have had to do is new breaks and tires.

      about 7 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Salam Altameeme

      What was the issue with the transmission you had that needed a replacement at 65,000mi?

      about 8 months ago
    • Sinister Veritas
      Sinister Veritas

      CX-9. It's that easy.

      about 9 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Sinister Veritas

      The CX-9 is going to be an easy win for a while we think, we're getting the 2019 Signature in a month, it's added some extra features we expected to find for the update.

      about 9 months ago
    • Bry Pom
      Bry Pom

      Um doesn't the cx9 have the most torq? Like 45 pound feet more than both of those v6 engines !!

      about 10 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Bry Pom

      It does, the torque for the CX-9 was highlighted at the start during the specs pages for each vehicle.

      about 9 months ago