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Mazda CX7The latest model Mazda CX-7 was on our list of vehicles to test for some time, if only because we tested some of its main competitors (Ford Flex, Acura MDX, VW Tiguan) and felt it was only fair to try out the CX-7.As we slipped behind the wheel of the 2009 Mazda CX-7, we found little has changed since the 2007 model landed on our shores in 2006. This left us a bit disappointed, but we’ve been told to expect a redesign for the 2010 CX-7, which is slated to arrive later this summer or early in the fall.Our tester was a Grand Touring edition fitted with all-wheel drive, the moonroof and the Bose package.The CX-7 is Mazda’s midsize crossover, a smaller version of the CX-9, and features fully independent suspension, four-wheel ventilated disc brakes with standard anti-lock brakes, stability control and traction control. There’s also a good amount of cargo space in the rear, with nearly 30 cubic feet available even with the rear seats in place. Drop the rear seats and you expose 58.6 cubic feet of space.
Mazda CX7The Mazda CX-7 comes with the MZR 2.3-liter four-cylinder DISI Turbo engine also found in the Mazdaspeed3 and Mazdaspeed6. It produces 244 horsepower and 258 lb-ft. of torque, and delivers lots of torque lower in the rpm range, resulting in less turbo drag than other boosters. The engine is coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission with a manumatic mode if you feel the need to control the gears. The result is a rewarding drive that is comfortable and quiet. The downside of the turbo is the gas penalty you pay, especially considering it is recommended you use super-grade gasoline. Regular gasoline will work, but the engine will burn through a tank of the lower-grade fuel much more quickly. For 2010, a non-turbo model is coming and that should prove popular for Mazda.
Mazda CX7As we said earlier, the Mazda CX-7 is essentially a smaller version of the CX-9, so it stands to reason they share styling characteristics. It has strong shoulders over the front wheel wells, something that has become a Mazda trademark of late. It also has a large egg-crate grille and fog lights, but that is expected to undergo a makeover for the 2010 edition of the CX-7. The Grand Touring edition also has turning flashers built in to the side-view mirrors and large chrome handles on the doors -- a nice-looking touch.On the inside, the Mazda CX-7 is a winner. From the comfortable steering wheel and seats, to the well laid out center console, everything is logical.The only thing missing on our test vehicle was the navigation system, so we’re not sure how placing a large color screen for the GPS system would affect the layout of the console. The one thing that continues to irk us, although minor, is Mazda’s insistence on separating the display screen from the controls and given the things we have seen from 2010 models, it doesn’t look like that is going to change. No matter, that doesn’t take away from our overall positive opinion of the Mazda CX-7.
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