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Meet the 2007 Mazda CX-7

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Introduction to the CX-7
2007 Mazda CX-7 SUV

2007 Mazda CX-7 SUV

© Aaron Gold
Trying to be everything to everyone is the key to automotive mediocrity -- and the 2007 CX-7 proves that Mazda knows that. The all-new CX-7 is not your typical family-friendly SUV. It's an SUV for adults who don't have (or want) kids -- a grown up SUV, perfect for you and your spouse/partner, a couple of friends, a lot of shopping and a long, twisty road. With car-like moves and turbocharged power, the Mazda CX-7 doesn't try to fit in with other SUVs -- which means it'll fit in just fine with plenty of buyers. Pricing: $24,310 to start, $34,685 fully loaded.

First Glance at the CX-7

First Glance at the 2007 Mazda CX-7

Mazda knows exactly whom they are trying to target with the CX-7, and it's not your typical SUV buyer. The ideal CX-7 buyers are couples in their 30s or 40s with no kids. They want the moves of a sport sedan with the utility of an SUV. They don't have families and they don't want frumpy SUVs that focus on family-friendly features they don't need. Oddly enough, many of them drive SUVs like the Honda CR-V or the Toyota RAV4, but see them as different than SUVs -- in fact they complain just as loudly about big SUVs as car owners do (too big, too resource-hungry, too hard to see around, etc.).

So Mazda designed the CX-7 to be something between a sports sedan and an SUV. Yeah, yeah, I know that sounds like marketing drivel, and it's not even new marketing drivel -- but having seen and driven the CX-7, I can tell you that Mazda has really delivered.

The CX-7 was designed with distinctly sports-car-like cues and a distinctly sports-car-like attitude. Check out the aggressive front styling, the big 18" wheels, and the tall shoulders formed by the wheel wells. Cool, eh? Inside, it's trimmed out just as nicely; all three models (Sport, Touring and Grand Touring) include air conditioning, power windows/locks/mirrors, six airbags, antilock brakes, and dynamic stability control, with optional goodies like a DVD navigation system, 9-speaker BOSE stereo, and a proximity key system. Grown-up stuff.

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