The turbocharged CX-7 didn't blow my mind, nor did I hate the time I spent behind the wheel. The exterior is somewhat stylish, and it has a nice interior with leather seating, heated seats, and Mazda's signature tiny navigation screen. But the CX-7 felt underpowered with the noisy 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine, and the gas mileage isn't very impressive either with 17 city and 23 highway.
However, the Bose 9-speaker sound system sounds great; it also does a nice job of hiding the wind noise and, as others have mentioned, the road noise created by the large 19-inch wheels.
Mike Ofiara, Road Test Coordinator