Mach My Mazda CX-7
By Merle Exit
Having the opportunity to test the 2007 Mazda CX-7, I
concluded that it would be best for me to take a class to learn the ins-and-outs
of the vehicle, rather than just read the manual. Don't get me wrong- I actually
enjoyed driving this crossover vehicle, but I would have loved it more if given
the opportunity to study everything that it can do for a month or so.
Car manufacturers these days are producing "crossovers"
which differ from the conventional sport utility in that they have fully
independent suspensions and are perfect for people who don't need to carry heavy
cargo or drive over rough terrain. In other words the vehicle is a cross between
a sporty car and an SUV.
For those who want the particulars, it's a 4-cylinder, 138
cubic inch with an electronic displacement, 6-speed automatic transmission that
according to the manufacturer, has a city mpg of 18 and highway mpg of 24.
As with many of new cars, the CX-7 utilizes keyless entry
technology. As you approach, the car senses a microchip on the key fob and the
doors unlock. Once inside the vehicle, the engine can be started without
inserting the key. (If there's ever a problem with the sensors, the car can also
be started in the traditional manner using a hidden key.) I'm not sure what the
point of all of this is, except that I can press a button to unlock the door and
quickly turn on the engine if I'm in a hurry in order to not miss a green light.
Actually, the real advantage is that you can press the unlock button and the
driver's side door opens. Press it twice and the other doors unlock. No
fidgeting for the key and no unwanted passengers.
Once in the car, I checked out the controls and comfort
settings. With the engine on, I adjusted the seat. Good grief- it has an 8-way
power driver seat! That's better than a sleep number bed! Onto the side view
mirrors (buttons), set up the radio/cd so that it doesn't distract my driving
later on. Next is the weather inside just in case I get my first hot flash.
Hey, I can't even do that in my home. Now this baby is a five-seater with 60/40
split fold down rear seats. I'm not just dealing with a passenger but all of
the stuff that I'm taking to an end of the season award party.
I'm good to go and setting the "DVD navigation system with
voice command and touch screen" to my destination. Well, what do you know, I'm
backing up and not only is it making a noise to let me know that I'm getting
close to an object, but that I can see the object. Cool! There's a camera that
allows me to see who I'm about to hit!
Too bad it's warm outside. Otherwise I would keep my tushy
warm using the front seat heater. I later took a long drive during the rain and
used it along with the climate control. Thank goodness that the rear window had
wipers. If it ever gets cold enough I can use the rear window defogger and the
heated power mirrors. Maybe I'll sell my house and move in!
I must say that the drive was really smooth. The pick up
was great for getting onto the highway. There was a point that I left the
highway and didn't slow down enough for the curve. The 4-wheel discs, anti-lock
and stability control eased me up quickly.
The silver/black 2007 Mazda CX-7 that I tested had a cost
of about $33,000. It's a great vehicle to have for vacationing a long way from
home as it gives such a comfortable ride.
Standard package includes a 35 month/36,000 mile "bumper to
bumper" warranty, 60 month/63,000 mile powertrain warranty and 24 hour roadside
The keyless entry, DVD navigational system and rearview
camera are optional equipment, as well as a power moonroof with an interior
sunshade. For further information visit