Car reviews - Mazda - CX-7 - 5-dr wagon range
Mazda’s pricing pencil is as sharp as its new CX-7 SUV. Rivals should start worrying
9 Feb 2007
By CHRIS HARRIS
IT’S DIFFICULT to see Mazda going wrong with its new CX-7 SUV. Priced close to upper-level Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 as well as Mitsubishi’s new Outlander, the Mazda has a dynamism and class about it that almost elevates it to the next level. It is stylishly presented, generously endowed with interior space, nicely put together and, with a lively 2.4-litre turbo engine borrowed from Mazda3 and Mazda6 MPS models, very fleet-footed out on the road. Like most SUVs today, thoughts of off-road adventures are even further in the background, but the on-demand 4WD system is effective in staying safe on greasy roads and operates more invisibly than such 4WD arrangements have in the past. The CX-7’s only real shortcoming is its thirst for premium unleaded. Maybe a turbo-diesel could be in its future?
Model release date: 1 December 2006 to 1 October 2009
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