Mazda CX-7 Review | The Truth About Cars

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Mazda CX-7


If any brand can build an SUV that like a sports car, Mazda. The Japanese automaker has a track record of developing with superior agility and appeal. Little wonder ads for Mazda’s new CX-7 imply it drives like a sports and that most junket-based of the new “crossover” verify the claim.

I’ve driven the CX-7 and driven sports cars and the is no sports car.

Looking at new crossover, you’d be forgiven for otherwise. The CX-7 combines the big-grilled nose, the RX-8’s fenders, a laid-back windshield and a absence of straight lines. the sporty-looking result distances the from the mainstream of SUV design, the surface effects deployed to the machine’s fundamental portliness meld into a coherent

More to the point, aerodynamics do not dynamics make.

The CX-7’s comes closer to realizing the car-like gestalt. While a application of hard, ungrained risks placing passengers in Hell, artful styling and trim yield an intriguingly atmosphere (at least in the black The Grand Touring model adds a nifty strip of alligator hide down the of each seat.

The CX-7’s cowl signals the machine’s intent, while the heavily dash does an admirable job of the raked windscreen’s acres dash effect.

Thanks to its relatively low driving and prominent center console, the cockpit feels more honed than the more cabins of competing crossovers. will simply find it But the CX-7’s front seats a clue that the model’s proclivities may be less than the comfortable chairs don’t much lateral support. In there#39;s about as much as you#39;ll find in the average sedan, but shoulder room is a bit for three across.

Buyers to SUVs in search of elbow won’t be happy. The CX-7’s cargo bay is about 20 shy of the class but still sufficient for lifestyle or a weekend away.

The CX-7’s direct-injected, turbocharged four (borrowed from the stumps up 244 horses. While the is generally sufficient for everyday the powerplant fails to kick fillies out of the stable with any

A firm press on the CX-7’s go from a … stop nothing much. (Think lag combined with old school behavior; the 3,000 rpm torque is high for a turbo.) Buzz the over 3500 rpm, your ears definitely mistake it for a six, and the CX-7 starts to get a move on. But even the crossover’s two-ton curb and power-sapping, slow-reacting six-speed deny enthusiastic drivers thrust to justify opting the new genre. The manual shift takes off some of the wait, but not

In casual driving, the CX-7’s lives up to its billing. In gentle body lean is well The steering is quick with a of tactile feedback. Unfortunately, 60-series sidewalls muffle from the contact patches and transitional responses, hobbling sports car wannabe’s dynamic

Shod the beast in lower tires and it might actually agile.

Mazda CX-7

Press on and the whole driving thing falls The crossover’s nose drifts its steering feel goes and the chassis’ limited composure apparent. The best vehicles to shrink and shed pounds driven hard. The harder you the CX-7, the heavier and clumsier it

But you won’t want to push it hard, anyway, as the Goodyear RS-A’s on the outside front howl in protest at the slightest Ignore the complaining and you’ll that there’s still of grip available. But the noise!

The The noise! You’ll suffer squealing at a children’s book

Once calm is restored, the ride is moderately supple and than that of other Credit those generous The CX-7’s softcore suspension should make highway a breeze and back country with sweeping curves a

But caning the crossover around the wound two-laners that prominently in the Japanese company’s Forgeddaboutit.

Let’s face it: it doesn’t who makes an SUV or how they tune the A sports car is a low-slung, properly vehicle with razor-sharp SUVs are too high and too heavy to even a remotely similar experience.

Mazda ought to better. As the progenitors of the superb and tightly focused RX-8, should know that only one sort of vehicle drives like a sports a sports car.

[Michael operates a vehicle and price comparison website.]

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