The CX-7 is impressively sporty for being a small, affordable crossover. Body motions are kept in check through turns, but the ride is also comfortable. Steering is light, but predictable and communicative. Power, however, is downright dismal with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder. Of course, performance isn't that different than in a four-cylinder Chevy Equinox, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, or Toyota RAV4, but of those cars, this Mazda feels like it's the car that would make the best use of extra power. Those who want more thrust can opt for the 244-hp turbocharged four with a starting price of $26,550.
Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor