2010 Mazda CX-7 Grand Touring

I'm still not sure I like the Mazda's facelift of the CX-7. The hood and windshield follow the same angle giving the front end more of a minivan than a sport-ute look. From the inside though, these proportions make the CX-7 easy to drive. The large windshield, low cowl, and short hood and front overhang combine to create an expansive view of the road ahead. And, the small, triangular side windows forward of the rear-view mirrors seem unnecessary at first but the additional light they let it really brightens up the mostly black interior and visually shortens the deep dash.

Driving the CX-7 is no revelation, but it's pleasant and mostly drama free. The only negative worth mentioning is the poor ride quality over broken pavement. The suspension soaks up undulations with ease but vibrations from deep cracks and holes are transmitted into the cabin.

Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor

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