2008 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.7L 6cyl 6A)
I compared Highlander before CX9. The 3rd row of Highlander is a joke. CX9 is the best deal in a feature-packed package with sporty handling. In short, CX9 drives like a BMW X5 at 1/2 price with more room.
Better MPG. 16-17mpg mixed real world driving is fair, but not great. Direct injection would help this Ford engine a lot. Cut some weight (100-200 lbs) by using some aluminum alloy in suspension components.