2010 Mazda CX-7 crossover – Test drive and new SUV review – 2010 Mazda CX-7 Sport Utility Vehicle

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Mazda CX-7

More or Less a Fresh CX-7 for 2010

Less is I#8217;m usually the guy who says, No, is more. Less is less. But in the of the 2010 Mazda CX-7 FWD, less really is

The 2010 Mazda CX-7 FWD arrives with a base of $22,340 ($26,190 as tested), a 3 mile basic warranty, a 5 mile powertrain warranty and EPA economy estimates of 20 mpg city/28 mpg Let’s drive.


Larger Exterior Photos: Rear

CX-7 made its as a 2007 model. and represents a crossover SUV. Built in Japan on a unique platform, has a unibody design where and body are one unified structural as opposed to the truck-like build of more robust SUVs. shares many drivetrain with the Mazda 6 sedan.

CX-7 features a steeply-raked (66 windshield that recalls a train (or a minivan), and teardrop-shaped that looks incredibly for a crossover.

2010 brings a to CX-7, a minor refreshment of that will have Mazda spotters squinting eyes. They’ll have to carefully to spot the vertically-oriented in the front fascia for fog lamp — the 2009 CX-7 had openings. They’ll bring out calipers to measure the air intake the front grille. Indeed, it is for 2010 than it was for 2009. of us will notice that looks, well, happier for

Its grin is bigger, and there’s no the anthropomorphic face formed by intakes and winged-M logo on front. Other than there are few external cues to the 2010 model from the

In the Driver#8217;s Seat

Great fit and finish, but odd screen

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Inside, another story. CX-7’s is all new, and it’s a mixed I’m generally a fan of Mazda’s designs. Up and down the lineup, designers have made elegant choices, with bold flourishes thrown in to things exciting. You can always on a funky pattern or surface in a where other manufacturers have gone with a (more boring) choice.

is no exception. Door panels are with interesting fabric, and fabric is more than a flat palette. Fit and finish the cabin is superb, almost at levels.

The one misstep in CX-7’s design, and it’s a big one, is the and placement of the multi-information display. The 3.5 display sits at the top of the dash, a small eyebrow. The odd thing is it sits right next to an LED that’s almost the same and sometimes they display the information — time, station, etc. — on the mode of display that selected.

If you choose a Touring or Grand trim level CX-7, you can opt for a system, and the 3.5 monochrome display replaced with a 4.1 color The problem arises from the geometry caused by the windshield’s rake. The top of the dashboard is so far from eyes when you’re that that 3.5 or 4.1 screen as well be the size of a postage especially if you’re of a certain age I am), and you need reading on occasion.

On the Road

This is the Less is More ethos pays off. My test a Sport model, was equipped a new powerplant to CX-7, a normally 2.5 liter inline 4-cylinder with a 5-speed automatic The engine was good for 161 hp and 161 lb-ft of

You’d think that I complain about this especially when a 2.3 liter injection turbocharged engine is in the Touring and Grand Touring and that engine spits out 244 hp and 258 of torque. But guess what? The costs $3,400 less the least expensive Touring, and $10,000 less than a Grand Touring.

You give up the of all-wheel drive for standard drive, but you also forgo navigation and other features you may not want or need. And the Sport 3,496 lbs, while a Touring AWD weighs in at 4,001 over 500 lbs heavier. I didn’t the extra power much, the 2.5 liter engine is so responsive and matched to the CX-7.

Try both you buy.

Mazda CX-7

Whichever CX-7 you drive, get to feel the improved ride and that engineers have into the chassis and suspension. assist power steering is and sporty. Front MacPherson and rear multi-link are each by sway bars, which the CX-7 flat through

Second row passengers are treated to perches. Luggage capacity cubic feet) and cargo (58.6 cubic feet) are unchanged from 2009. have to step up to a CX-9 to get a row.

Journey#8217;s End

Minor to the design haven’t altered the teardrop shape of the CX-7.

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it all comes down to bang for the That’s when less is more — we all want bang for less buck. Sport is a whole lot of crossover for And there’s even an SV, without glass, a leather-wrapped steering a leather shift knob and that starts at $21,550.

Considering the performance and luxury that you get in the Sport, and the fact it is rated for 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway, Sport looks like an bargain.

If you’re looking for a that’s a little different the rest, one that will out from the crowd, you really consider the CX-7. Resist the to pile on the options, and you’ll a deceptively elegant, delightfully crossover that will be the of the neighborhood.

Disclosure: Review were provided by the manufacturer. For information, please see our Ethics .

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