It was a chilly 14 degrees on the evening I drove the CX-7. The leather seats were frigid and transmitted the chill straight through the seat of my pants. So I turned the seat heaters on full blast and fiddled with the rest of the controls - mirrors, steering wheel, radio - to get them set the way I like. By the time I was done with that, the seats had already started to heat up nicely, and the chill was waning. So - at least the seat heaters work quite well in the CX-7, thank you Mazda.
On my 10-mile short drive home, I encounter a fair amount of broken, uneven pavement, and the CX-7's ride quality over that kind of surface is a little rough. Of course, the fact that the Grand Touring model is fitted with 19-inch wheels likely contributes to this. Perhaps that's another reason that I (and, it appears, many of my colleagues) prefer the CX-7 with the 2.5-liter normally aspirated engine and 17-inch wheels.
Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor