Mazda CX-7 Still Fun Crossover
Image via Flickr by jeanpierrelavoieMazda CX-7 Still Fun to DriveTexas drivers need a reliable car that’s big enough for the family but still fun to drive. The answer is the Mazda CX-7. With the trend in America moving towards SUVs, this crossover combines the best of both worlds with the space of an SUV and performance and fuel economy of a sports sedan.SpaceThe CX-7 is a compact crossover SUV. This means it combines the features of a sports utility vehicle with a passenger vehicle like a station wagon or hatchback. It has an athletic feel while incorporating a useful amount of cargo capacity. The spacious five-door wagon holds five passengers comfortably in supportive seats. Among Mazda’s top priorities with this car were front seat space, luggage space, and rear seat space. Tall drivers can find plenty of space in the front seats, but the back seats are better for kids. Alternatively, fold down the rear seats for extra trunk space.PowerChoose from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine or the more powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine on the CX-7. The 2.5-liter engine gives the car enough power for daily driving, but the turbocharged engine offers a more powerful kick. The 2.5-liter engine gets 20 miles per gallon in the city and 27 mpg on the highway while the turbocharged engine gets 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. The CX-7 offers agile handling, precise steering, and a small turning circle.Standard FeaturesThe CX-7 comes in front wheel drive with the option for all wheel drive, which might be necessary for a Texas resident who drives on sandy roads. You can also upgrade the standard four-cylinder engine to a turbocharged engine for a faster and more engaging performance. The attractive interior features power windows and door locks, air conditioning and a tilt and telescopic steering wheel. Upgrade options include a sunroof, navigation, Bluetooth, automatic climate control, leather seats, and heated front seats.SafetyCar safety focuses on two areas: accident prevention, which looks at factors like handling, braking performance, and stability control; and how well it will hold up in a crash, which looks at factors like airbags, chassis deformation, and crumple zones.Car and Driver rated the CX-7 Sport one of the top 10 safe vehicles for under $25,000. Contrary to most SUVs, this crossover is more agile than most of the smaller vehicles on the list. The car is lightweight considering its size, so its 244 horsepower is an advantage in helping it get out of tricky situations. It earned perfect scores from the NHTSA in front and side impacts. It also has a lower-than-expected chance of rollover in a single-vehicle crash.Combine the CX-7’s spacious interior with a sleek, sporty exterior to make passengers feel like they’re in a bigger car that handles like a sports sedan. Precise steering, quick responses, and high horsepower on the turbo create a sense of luxury, usefulness, and fun. The CX-7 really fills the shoes of Mazda’s Zoom-Zoom tagline!
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