click above image to view more pics of the 2007 Mazda CX-7 GT AWD After a few days of driving the 2007 Mazda CX-7 GT AWD, I was reminded of a college buddy who had broken up with a girl he described as his ultimate dream date. She was good-looking, funny and even pleased his Mom. But my friend was tired of financing her $4-a-glass Zinfandel habit while he drank $2 draft. And that's kind of how we felt about the CX-7. Its beautiful design, high-quality interior, willingness to zoom-zoom all night long and actual usable utility is, unfortunately, totally overshadowed by its $4-a-premium-gallon gas habit. So it was with mixed feelings we broke up with the copper red mica SUV. We're already missing its buttery-soft black leather seats, the kick-you-in-the-pants turbocharged four and the looks of incredulity from friends and family when they saw it. But we're not missing the costly gas pump visits. click any image to view a larger version Let's just go ahead and get that gas issue out of the way so we can focus on the good things in the relationship. The CX-7 had a drinking problem. It really liked to empty a tank. We drove 445 miles during our short time together, covering scenic highway drives as well as mundane commutes in city traffic. We enjoyed those miles, but at the end of the week, the day before the breakup, we realized our beloved car was getting only about 14 mpg. Yikes! And because of the champagne-tastes of its turbocharged heart, that was 14 miles to every gallon of $4 premium. Meaning we spent about $90 on gas for the week, which is not that much worse than the EPA's new rating for the car, 16 city, 22 highway. But let's move on to happier things, like that high-quality interior we mentioned. Mazda is known for passing on its sporty genes to everything it touches, and the CX-7 inherits them, too. But Mazda should just as well be known for its lux interiors. The CX-7's dash and doors are made of a soft-touch plastic that one admiring friend equated to leather. Seats and steering wheel, however, are wrapped in the real thing. Their soft, black surfaces are a pleasure to touch and the seats are also soft and comfortable. The faux croc print center inserts were a bit gaudy, though. We'd have liked a little more depth to the seat cushion and stiffer side bolsters, but the 8-way power driver's seat eliminated most reasons to complain. Leg and headroom front and rear were ample, and with the child seat installed behind the driver, two adults might have fit beside it. The lockable center armrest lifts to reveal a gaping storage bin for cabin clutter, and includes a power port for your electronic gadgets. Unfortunately, and surprisingly, the CX-7, a model only a couple of years old, doesn't have an auxiliary input jack. Luckily buyers can choose the iPod integration module for $149. Even …
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|MPG||18 City / 24 Hwy|
|Transmission||6-spd auto w/OD|
|Power||244 @ 5000 rpm|
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