Jalopnik Reviews: 2007 Mazda CX-7 Grand Touring AWD, Part 3

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Why You Should Buy This Car: You like sitting up high, but need a semblance of sport from your car. You think "drug-addled catfish" is the new design chic. You're five-and-a-half feet tall and prefer just to step sideways to get in and out. You need to lug a few cases of wine home after the Thursday-night tasting.

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Why You Shouldn't Buy This Car: The Subaru WRX Sport Wagon (shut up, Davey). Or for that matter, the Legacy GT Wagon. Or maybe best of all, the Mazdaspeed3.

Suitability Parameters:
· Speed Merchants: Yes
· Fashion Victims: Yes
· Treehuggers: No
· Mack Daddies: No
· Tuner Crowd: Yes
· Hairdressers: No
· Penny Pinchers: No
· Euro Snobs: No
· Working Stiffs: No
· Technogeeks: No
· Poseurs: No
· Soccer Moms: Yes
· Nascar Dads: Yes
· Golfing Grandparents: No

Also Consider:
Infiniti FX
Subaru Legacy GT Wagon

Vitals:
· Manufacturer: Mazda
· Model tested: Mazda CX-7 Grand Touring AWD
· Model year: 2007
· Price as Tested: $29,585
· Engine type: 2.3L 16-Valve 4-Cyl Turbo
· Horsepower: 244 hp @ 5000 rpm
· Torque: 258 ft.-lbs. @ 2500 rpm
· Redline: 6750 rpm
· Wheels and Tires: 235/60 R18 tires on 10-spoke alloy wheels
· Drive type: All-wheel drive
· 0 - 60: 7.5 seconds
· 1/4 mile: 15.8 seconds
· Fuel economy city/highway: 18/24
· NHTSA crash test rating front/side/rollover: 5/5/na


Related:
Jalopnik Reviews: 2007 Mazda CX-7 Grand Touring AWD, Part 1, Part 2 [internal]

DISCUSSION

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The Amazing Randalla

I'd just like ot comment that if you are looking for a good Legacy community, check out:

http://www.legacygt.com

Covers all Legacy models, not just the GT. There's some real powerhouse Lageacies(sp?), including one pure race car. A number of people come on looking for more information about the Legacy as a future vehicle.

Since it seems to be such a selling point, the '07 Legacy models have AUX in. Important considering that the upperscale models do not have an easily replaceable head unit because it's integrated into the environmental controls (so Subaru >:( ).

Also, the automatic high end Legacy models have the sport shifting found on a lot of other cars, though the Impreza Models do not have this (or at least didn't last I looked). I may be wrong, but I believe it's the same automatic that is in use in the Infinity models such as the G35. If it's not, it's quite similar to it.