2008 Mazda CX-7: Stylish crossover has a practical side, too

  • Article by: KEN CHESTER JR. , Motor News Media Corporation
  • Updated: April 17, 2008 - 11:42 AM

Engineered with ample space to transport five occupants, the functional and comfortable front-drive CX-7 cuts an uncommon path through the ho-hum of regular SUVs and other crossover vehicles.

Using a design theme that is called "advanced frontier" by Mazda Chief Designer Iwao Koizumi, he said his purpose for the CX-7 was to "... combine dynamic movement, speedy shapes and a bold presence in one passionate statement."

Power for the CX-7 is provided by a version of the spirited turbocharged and intercooled 2.3L four-cylinder direct-injection engine. The engine is connected to a six-speed Sport A/T automatic transmission with manual mode. For motorists that prefer the handling and performance of all-wheel drive, Mazda's Active Torque-Split All-Wheel-Drive system is an available option.

The all-wheel-drive system uses a computer controlled coupling integrated with the rear differential to deliver up to half the available torque to the rear wheels on demand.

Inside the passenger cabin, the feeling is station wagon-meets-minivan-meets-SUV in an ultra-modern package. The sportiness of the Mazda3 meets the practicality of the outgoing MPV minivan with more capability, more fun and more function. The driver enjoys an elevated outward view of the road - with an instrument cluster arrangement that is reminiscent of the Mazda6 sedan and RX8 coupe.

The second row seating area features a 60/40-split setup that folds flat with the cargo floor. No removal of headrests is required.

EPA fuel economy: City: 17, Highway: 23

Base MSRP Range: $23,750 to $28,000

 

  • related content

  • 2008 Nissan Rogue: Dashing Sport-ute

    Friday January 25, 2008

    Quick, responsive, comfortable and fun are a few of the traits that readily come to mind after some quality time behind the wheel of the 2008 Nissan Rogue crossover.

  • 2008 Pontiac Torrent: Functional Crossover

    Friday February 1, 2008

    The Torrent crossover expands the automaker's total performance boundaries by combining car-like agility with SUV capability, functionality and versatility. Sharing its platform with the Saturn Vue and the Chevrolet Equinox,...

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Los Angeles - LP: P. Maholm 7 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: V. Worley 12
San Francisco 5 Top 10th Inning
Philadelphia 5
Texas 0 Bottom 12th Inning
NY Yankees 0
Boston - LP: J. Peavy 3 FINAL
Toronto - WP: J. Happ 7
Miami - WP: J. Turner 6 FINAL
Atlanta - LP: M. Minor 5
San Diego - LP: E. Stults 0 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: K. Hendricks 6
Cincinnati 3 Bottom 8th Inning
Milwaukee 3
Cleveland 4 Top 9th Inning
Minnesota 2
Kansas City 5 Bottom 7th Inning
Chicago WSox 1
Tampa Bay 6 Bottom 7th Inning
St. Louis 2
Washington 4 Top 7th Inning
Colorado 4
Detroit 2 Bottom 4th Inning
Arizona 2
Houston 0 Top 3rd Inning
Oakland 0
Baltimore 0 Top 3rd Inning
LA Angels 0
NY Mets 2 Top 3rd Inning
Seattle 0
Calgary 7/24/14 8:00 PM
Edmonton
Winnipeg 7/25/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Ottawa 7/26/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Toronto 7/26/14 9:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Tulsa 93 FINAL
San Antonio 95
Atlanta 108 FINAL
Minnesota 112
Indiana 57 FINAL
Chicago 60
Phoenix 41 2nd Qtr 2:58
Seattle 27
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close