The CX-7's windshield is raked at 66 degrees--more than some sports cars. And with a slightly detuned version of the Mazdaspeed 3's turbocharged 2.3-liter engine as an option, it has the moves to back up those sporty looks. The direct-injected four-cylinder produces 244 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. For those who value fuel economy over speed, there's also a normally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that's available on front-wheel-drive models. The 2.5-liter is a little taxed with the weight of this two-row crossover and could benefit from the turbo's six-speed automatic (it has to make do with a five-speed unit), but we're glad Mazda gives buyers a choice. No matter which model you choose, the CX-7 has great steering and handling without any drawbacks in terms of ride or refinement. The CX-7 offers optional luxury features that you'll find elsewhere in the company's lineup, including a blind-spot warning system, a backup camera, keyless go, rain-sensing wipers, and, of course, the requisite Bluetooth integration. Wheels range from nice seventeen-inchers to aluminum nineteen-inchers that help to underline this crossover's dynamic appearance.
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