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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