Townsville Bulletin - - Cars Guide -

The CX-7’ s fun­da­men­tals are sound: a solid chas­sis, de­cent brakes and a suite of airbags and driver-aid ANCAP rat­ing when it was tested in 2008. The chas­sis uses high-and ul­tra­high strength steel to im­prove im­pact re­sis­tance and it feels re­as­sur­ingly planted on the road. Mazda’s de­sign­ers ap­plied the `` if it facelift­ing the CX-7. It re­mains a stand-out looker in a car park of clones. The lines are now crisper and em­pha­sise the curve of the roof and wheel arches. And a sub­tle change to the A-pil­lar lim­its dif­fer­ences in air pres­sure, re­duc­ing wind noise. The CX-7 is one of the best-han­dling SUVs around — and that makes it one of its own worst en­e­mies. The ride and feed­back in­vite driv­ers to push harder, and the 2.3-litre petrol en­gine is happy to spin high up in the rev range. It per­forms com­mend­ably, but to keep 1.7 tonnes on the move, the turbo pow­er­plant will down more than 14 litres of petrol ev­ery 100km. That’s with­out try­ing too hard — and the CX-7 prefers pre­mium un­leaded. ( Reg­u­lar un­leaded can be used, but will re­duce power.) The CX-7’ s driv­ing po­si­tion is com­fort­able, con­trols are smartly placed and easy on the hand and eye, and the over­all feel is light and up­mar­ket. The doors close with a sat­is­fy­ing

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