The Mazda CX-9 has some of the same roots as the Ford Edge, but the two models have verged off in separate directions; they're even different sizes, with the CX-9 a few inches longer and offering three rows of seating--something the Edge doesn't have.
The Ford Flex is actually more of a direct rival to the edge, as it has three rows of seating and, with the available EcoBoost turbo V-6, is quite enjoyable to drive.
Also of interest for those who want to go boxy, not rakish, is the Honda Pilot, which has an especially roomy, useful interior and drives better than its tall stance might suggest.
Those looking for a performance-oriented crossover should also consider the Infiniti QX70 (formerly called the FX), which sacrifices a lot more space and usability but drives like a tall, muscular sport sedan.
Back in the most mainstream direction is the Chevrolet Traverse, a vehicle that is comfortable and refined but not at all sporty.
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|Regular Unleaded V-6||Gas V6||Regular Unleaded V-6||Regular Unleaded V-6||Regular Unleaded V-6||Premium Unleaded V-6|
|Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD||Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD||Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD||Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD|
|FWD 4-Door Sport||FWD 4-Door LS||4-Door SE FWD||4-Door SE FWD||2WD 4-Door LX||RWD 4-Door|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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