HERE’S one of the more stylish ways to join the SUV set. The CX-7 has been a hit for Mazda, because it joins the SUV stance to car-like handling and good looks. The two-wheel-drive model kicks in at $ 33,990, then it’s a $ 5000 jump to the on-demand all-wheel drive of the Classic Sports. Neither comes with standard Bluetooth — that’s on the Diesel Sports and Luxury Sports models only — which shows just how much wireless technology has invaded our vehicles since the CX-7 was launched back in 2006. When $ 15,000 base-model vehicles have Bluetooth as part of the package, there’s really no excuse other than bad product-cycle timing not to have it in more upmarket cars. Points, though, for having a reversing camera across the range. And there’s a lot of standard gear even in the Classic version, including cruise control, auto wipers and lights, an MP3-compatible sound system, and a steering wheel adjustable for tilt and reach. There’s nothing outrageously new on or in the CX-7, although a major overhaul late last year freshened up the design. It’s hard to get excited about redesigned pistons that, if the engine is built the way you’re paying for it to be, you hope never to actually see. Two-wheel-drive models have a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine linked 120kW and 205Nm. All-wheel-drive versions use a smooth six-speed automatic coupled to a 2.3-litre, directinjection turbocharged four-cylinder developing 175kW and 350Nm. The 2.2-litre turbo diesel isn’t far behind, with 127kW and 400Nm, but it’s hitched to a six-speed manual gearbox.