• Jun 7th 2006 at 12:02PM
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Remember that horribly infectious song, "Rump Shaker" by one-hit wonders Wreckx-N-Effect? Apparently that's how the new Mazda CX-7 struck writer Warren Brown's family, butt not in a good way. While the reviewer enjoyed the crossover and its 2.3-liter, 244-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder, and its near sports-car handling, Brown's wife and daughters sharpened knives smoldered in their seats. Finally, they exploded, complaining how hard the firm squabs felt during the ride.

Didn't the family Brown also complain about the Lexus LS' seats? We haven't driven a CX-7 yet, but we're beginning to think that hard seats are the least of the author's worries.

[Source: Washington Post via the Post and Courier; Lyricsstyle.com]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Whiner... that's all I can say about the wife and daughters. Give me a break. The CX-7 is a good ride. A tad expensive, but a good ride but if you expect sports car performance and luxury seating, get a Lexus or BMW or Infiniti.


      (My review of the CX-7 is in the linkage)
      • 9 Years Ago
      Brown is an idiot - plain and simple. He writes some of the worst reviews that I have every read. My crazy aunt would most likely write a more coherant and relevant review. I am embarassed for myself for even giving up part of my life to reading any of his reviews. I will never get that time back.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I continue to get surprised by people making comments such as "it's no RX-8" or "it's no Miata". No!!! A SUV is NOT a tiny, 2-seat roadster! Goodness!

      Hype machine? If Kia can show an ad which talks about sports-car handling, I think Mazda can talk about sporty SUVs (like THAT's never been claimed before).
      • 9 Years Ago
      Just about every single review I've read of the CX-7 likens its handling to that of a sports car. This author says it feels "almost as good as a super-tight, well-tuned sports car."

      Well, I drove the CX-7 yesterday. And I've also driven sports cars. And the CX-7 is no sports car, much less a super-tight well-tuned one.

      I suppose that the CX-7 handles well for an SUV. But that's not saying much. The harder I pushed it, the heavier and clumsier it felt. The Goodyear Eagle RS-As started screaming really, really early. You can keep pushing, and they'll still stick fairly well, with very progressive breakaway, but all that noise is bound to attract unwanted attention.

      Maybe the press vehicles were fitted with different spec tires? I've driven many vehicles with Eagle RS-As before, even owned one, and while they're not excellent tires they usually don't start screaming until they're really about to break grip. OEM tires can be manufactured to custom specs, such that an OEM RS-A isn't necessarily the same as one you'd buy at a Goodyear store.

      In other words, better tires might help a lot. But I still don't think the CX-7 would feel remotely like a sports car. Between the CX-7 and the RX-8 there is absolutely no comparison. Anyone who says otherwise has been imbibing too much Mazda PR.

      So why does Warren Brown think it handles so well? Well, how hard do you think he pushed it with the whole family aboard? He says he especially enjoyed driving the CX-7 on 70 MPH highways. How many of those include challenging turns? Exactly.

      I thought the ride rather comfy, better than that of a Murano, and noticed nothing off with the seats. But then I was driving it, not riding along as a passenger, and only spent a few miles on the highway.

      My site's page for the CX-7, with a link to my review:

      • 9 Years Ago
      laserwizard ROCKS!!!
      • 9 Years Ago
      I just bought a CX-7 10 days ago. And I just came back from a trip in the montain. I did 2800KM with it and love it.

      Before buying it I did a test drive of the Tribeca, Murano, Rendez-vous and Santa-Fe. Compare to all of thos cars... The CX-7 is like a sport cars. It is significantly more ''Sport'' than the Murano and Tribeca (the only 2 competitors that deserve to be named).

      It looks sportier, it handles better and have definitly more guts. If you need a SUV and would like it to feel like a sport car, you'll love it.

      If you don't need an SUV and want a sport cars... Then go get one but don't complain about the Mazda SUV.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Sid, have you driven it, or are you basing your opinion on what you've read? If you have driven it, over what sort of roads, and how hard were you able to push it?

      Almost means pretty darn close. This isn't close.

      They don't say, "compared to a Chevrolet Tahoe, the CX-7 handles like a sports car." That I'd buy, but it wouldn't mean much.
      • 9 Years Ago

      I own a Mazda CX-7 sport (FWD), I traded in my 2003 Mazda 6s for it, something I wasn't going to do unless the CX-7 handled as well and had good acceleration like the 6s. I don't think there is an SUV out there that has the same handling, acceleration and sheer thrill to drive it. I've had mine for about 3 weeks or so now.

      To compare it to the RX-8 is just crazy, that would be like comparing the Tahoe to a vette. Just plain crazy. Marketing people always over-hype things, if you stepped into the CX-7 expecting it to perform like the RX-8, then I feel sorry for you.

      I drove the CX-7 hoping that it would perform like the 6s, and not perform like the 2001 Pontiac Aztek sitting in my driveway. I was pleasantly surprised that it handled well, accelerates a little faster than the 6s, at least in 0 - 60, going from 40 - 60, its not quite as nimble and responsive as the 6s. You get the same performance, just takes a fraction of a second longer. If I had never driven a 6s, I probably wouldn't have noticed.

      Your review is a little misleading, because you went in with absurb expectations. Now if you think the CX-7 can't handle turns, pull up google maps and look for Ohio State Route 550, follow it from Route 33 up to Route 690, then 690 down to Route 50. What you can't see in google maps is that road is extremely hilly on top of those turns. The CX-7 handled that road without any problems, never dropped below 60 mph, except for through the 45 mph zone.

      Want another test, look at Ohio State Route 681 from Route 33 through Albany, that road is not only bad (one side higher than the other) and full of potholes, its also extremely hilly. Awesome road for testing the handling of the CX-7, again 60 mph, slowed a little for curves, CX-7 had no problems.

      If you want a sports car, buy an RX-8, V8 mustang, vette or a porsche, if you want something thats got cargo room, and spacious seating, while giving you the zoom-zoom of a sports sedan, then the CX-7 is the way to go.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Mommy, that bad man said the F word!!
      • 9 Years Ago
      I've actually driven it and I DO also drive a sports car and a matter of fact have signed up on your site (Truedelta). I would say you could reverse the wording. It is a sports car among SUV's. To drive it like a sports car is not fair. To drive it as an SUV or sedan (being a crossover) and compare it to its peers is more like it. I did push it on some ramps and did notice the steering has pretty good feel and it cornered very flat for an SUV. While I was not able to do any backroad canyon carving I did push it. Compared to other SUV's you do not feel its heft as noticeable during high speed maneuvers. That being said I also drove the Murano back to back and I would say that the Mazda wins hands down as far as performance, handling and price. Not to mention this thing looks pretty good. I would probably say its an SUV that handles like a car, sports car probably not, but maybe a sports sedan?
      • 9 Years Ago
      It's time for automakers to wake up and realize NOT EVERYONE WANTS A FUCKING BMW 3-SERIES!!!

      From a Buick driver who loves his soft comphy seats.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I say this review never really happened with the reviewer's family. The part about his daughters in the back seat were a figment of his imagination or some filler for his review.

      How the heck to you convice two adult daughters (one of them a lawyer) to ride with the rest of the family on a 600 mile trip? Tell, how often does this happen? It would have been more plausible if his daughters were 8 or 12 years old instead of professional adults.
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