This week, it’s the impressive second-generation 2020 Mazda CX-9 we review, arriving in Grand Touring trim with front-drive and featuring three rows of seating. New for 2020 is a more torque coming from its Skyactiv engineered 4-cylinder engine along with more standard amenities across every trim level.

The torque enhancement comes from the already peppy turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-4. It now generates 320 lb-ft of torque, up 10 from last year’s 310 when using 93 octane fuel. If you choose to use 87 octane, which will not hurt the engine in any manner, torque stays at 310. The horsepower figures are 250 on the 93 or 227 on the 87.

Greg Zyla is a syndicated auto columnist.

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