Review: 2009 Mazda CX-7 Grand Touring

There's a lot to like about the Mazda CX-7 Grand Touring's performance and cabin accommodations, but the cabin tech, while adequate, is sorely in need of an update.

Mazda CX-7 Grand Touring
Read the full 2009 Mazda CX-7 Grand Touring Review. Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive

Earlier this year, we tested a Mazda's CX-9. So when we heard that we were getting a CX-7 Grand Touring in the CNET garage, we braced for more of the same, only smaller. The tiny Mazda crossover didn't disappoint; the CX-7 has a lot in common with the CX-9, particularly in its cabin tech.

However, like a scrappy little brother, the CX-7 works hard to differentiate itself from its larger sibling. On the road, the CX-7 feels faster and more connected to the road, though this comes at the expense of a little ride harshness. Everything we liked about the CX-9's interior has been concentrated and refined in the CX-7, including the Bose audio system.

Having proven that it's worthy of moving out of the shadow of the CX-9, does the CX-7 have what it takes to compete in the rapidly growing crowded crossover SUV market? We put it to the test to find out.

Read the full 2009 Mazda CX-7 Grand Touring review.

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Antuan Goodwin gained most of his automotive knowledge the old fashioned way, by turning wrenches in a driveway and picking up speeding tickets. From drivetrain tech and performance to car audio installs and cabin tech, if it's on wheels, Antuan is knowledgeable. Email Antuan, follow him on Twitter, or like him on Facebook. Antuan

 

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