>> They say it's the SUV you didn't see coming. But you should have. Let's check out the 2007 Mazda CX7.
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The Mazda CX7 is one of this new crop of Lexus RX follow ons, kind of the shape and form factor. It's a cross over SUV, 2-point 3-liter inline four with a turbo as a power plant. What it includes is a navigation system as you can see. Not exactly state of the art graphics, kind of course, kind of rough. The contrast is okay. It is a touch screen however, so it makes it very easy to get around and handle various tasks like putting in your destination, moving to a different point on the map, storing areas as a memory point to get back to them later, and the location is good. It's fairly forward in the dash stack and it's not too low. We like that about it. Around it is a piano black frame that gives you the physical buttons to operate. Audio controls here on the right. And mostly nav controls here on the left. Another interesting aspect of this vehicle is the way you get to the disk changer. Six CD disk changer on this one. You press a button, decide which slot you want to put it a disk into, and then when you press load, presto chango. Here comes the motorized screen down and that's where you're going to find your in-dash six disk changer that also handles MP3 audio disks, not just standard store bought CDs. Now iPod adapter, no auxiliary input jack and no Bluetooth hands free technology on this car. Other entertainment options of course include AM FM radio, satellite radio. There's a button right here next to AM FM. That indicates a Sirius satellite radio option only, no XM available on this car. It's part of the Ford family after all. Now because our Mazda CX7 is so loaded up and has the high-end Bose audio system on it, speakers just about everywhere you look around the cabin, nine of them I believe. And of course a variety of audio shaping tools you won't find on a standard system including your positioning control right here. The audio pilot technology also gives you the ability to have noise cancellation going and it's also got the center point technology, all part of the surround system of multiple speakers. It's a good sounding system, but not that good. And the car isn't that quiet. So it tends to fight a lot with road noise and a lot of noise coming out of the engine compartment. Ignition key and starting technologies on this vehicle, notice I turned the key, which isn't there. The key is here. It's this credit card shaped thing, one of the more novel looking high tech keys we've seen. There is of course a physical key located in there in case the battery dies. But it's really meant to be used as this credit card transceiver for lock, unlock and alarm the car. And lastly, the technology package includes a rearview back up camera. That's a nice thing. There are no guidelines on this particular one that show you distance or where you're headed. But on a vehicle with haunches as high as this one, and low roof in the rear quarters, you just can't see a thing out the back or the side. So if there's anything you didn't see coming, it's that cyclist you just ran over. Now RCX7 Grand Touring all wheel drive bases at 28600. Now we added the technology package for 4000 dollars. That included all the stuff I showed you. The DVD with the voice command, the rearview camera, the upgraded audio system with the built in six disk CD changer etcetera, all were missing with Sirius radio at about 430 bucks. And the remote start for about 350. Without those, but with the whole technology bundle I showed you, 32000 dollars.
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