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Karl Brauer: Mazda CX-9
Name: Karl Brauer
Street cred: Editor in chief, Edmunds.com
Best bang for your buck: Mazda CX-9
MSRP: Starting at $29,820 for 2009
Why? "The 2009 Mazda CX-9 is one of my favorite current vehicles because of its combination of interior space, comfortable ride quality, capable drivetrain and nimble handling. In the world of family-friendly vehicles for enthusiast-driver dads, this vehicle is in a class by itself."