2010 Mazda CX-7 Grand Touring

The turbocharger adds a little extra zoom to the CX-7's recipe, but I still prefer the normally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder we tested earlier this year in a front-wheel-drive CX-7. It was not only less expensive and less peaky than this Grand Touring, but the SV I still carried some nice features, and remarkably, wasn't any less sharp or fun to drive.

Front-wheel-drive, coupled with traction control and a good set of all-season or snow tires, should be enough to get you through most slippery situations, but if you absolutely need your next compact crossover to have all-wheel-drive and a turbocharger, I'd take a good long look at Subaru's Forester--which felt peppier, at least--before settling down with a CX-7 like this.

Evan McCausland, Web Producer

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