SUV set goes in style

The new CX-7 has car-like han­dling and a touch of bling, writes Craig Duff

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Road Test -

THIS is one of the more stylish ways to join the SUV set. The CX-7 has been a hit for Mazda for the four years since launch be­cause it mar­ries the high-rid­ing SUV drive with car-like han­dling and swoopy ex­te­rior style with a touch of bling.

It could do with more grunt, but you can’t have ev­ery­thing and the mid-sized Mazda doesn’t have too many short­com­ings in the ur­ban jun­gle.

Value

THE two-wheel drive model kicks in at $33,990, then it’s a $5000 jump to the on-de­mand all­wheel drive of the Clas­sic Sports.

Nei­ther comes with stan­dard Blue­tooth — that’s on the Diesel Sports and Lux­ury Sports mod­els — which shows just how much the wire­less technology has in­vaded our ve­hi­cles since the CX-7 launched in 2006.

When $15,000 base-model ve­hi­cles have Blue­tooth as part of the ba­sic pack­age, there’s no

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