The Mazda CX-7 looks tough enough to take on any terrain, so it will certainly appeal to Australian SUV enthusiasts. Its athletic curves are, in part, due to a distinctive, sharply rising beltline and confident bonnet lines, which are complimented by a 66-degree sloping windscreen that provides great visibility. The Mazda CX-7 Classic includes 17-inch alloy wheels that always seem eager to show just what this baby can do.
Mazda engineering of the CX-7 series has received plenty of acknowledgment for a somewhat surprising on-road performance. It’s not the 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine with its five-speed automatic that sets this vehicle apart, but rather the great driving dynamics that produce tremendous responsiveness at all speeds. Topping out at 120kW with peak torque of 205Nm, this SUV with its impressive chassis balance just keeps surprising.
A curvy dashboard and a sporty-looking, adjustable steering wheel add to the CX-7’s attractive interior. Comfortable seating that leaves adequate legroom for rear-seat passengers will be discovered across the range. Another standard is a 4.1-inch colour LCD screen with information displays that include the reverse camera and outside temperature. Audio relies on a CD system and MP3 input.
Individually, the various components of the Mazda CX-7 series are impressive, but unremarkable when compared to other SUV’s in its class. It is the way in which they operate as a unit that sets the series apart. These top-class driving dynamics are what will keep Mazda a force to be reckoned with among discerning Australian drivers.