I was amazed at how far 4-cyclinder engines had come after buying the CX-9. Surpassing the power that V-8's used to do. In speeds which are legal, this is the least sluggish crossover in this class you'll find. Above 90 mph, it might start to loose steam if you're still accelerating compared to V-6's. Even with 7 people on board, it does well unless for some reason you're still trying to drag race.