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The Kluger re­mains a solid propo­si­tion but in con­nec­tiv­ity and con­ve­nience terms, it’s show­ing its age. If you want the feel­ing of lux­ury and the most plush car to drive, the CX-9 is for you. If you want the big­gest, most pow­er­ful and most prac­ti­cal box on wheels, get the Aca­dia. two adults with the se­cond row moved for­ward a notch. How­ever, the Aca­dia is pri­mar­ily de­signed for left-hand drive, so the seat be­hind the driver flips over eas­ier and with a larger gap to clam­ber into the rear — on the safer, foot­path side you need to shift the heav­ier and larger two-thirds of the se­cond row.

At least there’ll be no ar­gu­ments when charg­ing de­vices: the front seats have two USB ports and one 12V socket, the mid­dle row has two USB ports, and the third row has one USB and one 12V. There’s also a large drawer un­der the cen­tre con­sole to stash odd­ments.

There is a sun­roof each for the front and mid­dle rows and leather for all seats, with heat­ing, cool­ing and power ad­just­ment for the front pair.

All three ve­hi­cles have a sen­sor key with push-but­ton start but the Aca­dia can be un­locked by pulling on any of the four doors, not just the front two.

There’s a large dig­i­tal speed dis­play in the in­stru­ment clus­ter and the high res­o­lu­tion touch­screen is home to Ap­ple CarPlay/ An­droid Auto, dig­i­tal ra­dio, built-in nav­i­ga­tion and the sharpest 360-de­gree cam­era view among the trio.

All Aca­dias come with a tow­bar and a sev­en­pin plug — just add the neck and ball. How­ever, as with the oth­ers, it can haul only 2000kg.

The space-saver spare may en­able more cargo space but it’s a chore to get to it and, be­ing a low-pro­file type, it’s more pre­car­i­ous to drive on than other tem­po­rary tyres.

The nine-speed auto is in­tu­itive and the V6 is gutsy, if a lit­tle noisy.

The steer­ing is lighter than the oth­ers and, though re­quir­ing more turns lock to lock, it turns with im­pres­sive ac­cu­racy.

There’s plenty of tyre grip but the sus­pen­sion feels taut rather than plush. The brakes are the small­est of this trio and have the long­est pedal travel. PRICE $68,990 drive-away

WAR­RANTY/SER­VICE

3 years/100,000km, $1080 over 3 years

EN­GINE 3.5-litre V6, 218kW/350Nm

SAFETY 7 airbags, AEB, radar cruise con­trol, 360-de­gree cam­era, rear cross traf­fic alert, blind zone warn­ing, lane keep­ing as­sis­tance

THIRST 9.3L/100km

SPARE Full-size

BOOT 269L-1872L PRICE $68,190 drive-away

WAR­RANTY/SER­VICE

5 years/100,000km, $1596 over 3 years

EN­GINE 2.5-litre 4-cyl turbo, 170kW/420Nm

SAFETY 6 airbags, AEB front and rear, radar cruise con­trol, 360-de­gree cam­era, rear crosstraf­fic alert, blind zone warn­ing, lane keep­ing as­sis­tance, speed sign recog­ni­tion

THIRST 8.8L/100km

SPARE Space-saver

BOOT 230L-1641L

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