Ford Edge

Austin American-Statesman - - CLASSIFIEDS -

$28,000 to about $41,500 Highs: New styling for 2011, two lively V-6 en­gines, in­no­va­tive elec­tron­ics, classy in­te­rior Lows: Pricey enough to feel se­cure among the fast-mov­ing, full-size SUVs and pick­ups that pop­u­late Austin traf­fic. CX-7 crash test rat­ings are among the best.

The new tiered dash­board is still made of hard plas­tic, al­though it is more ap­peal­ing aes­thet­i­cally and er­gonom­i­cally than the pre­vi­ous ef­fort. No­table op­tions in­clude an ef­fec­tive, in­tu­itive Blue­tooth phone in­ter­face and blind spot sen­sors that warn the driver.

New to the CX-7 this year is Mazda’s “five­point” lower front fas­cia (for­merly known as a grille), which the com­pany has been us­ing on all mod­els with styling up­dates. It puts a smil­ing, happy face on the smartly up­dated 2010 CX-7.

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