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STYLING | 9 out of 10
a bold design statement all around
appeals to people who want something that looks sporty
Car and Driver
For this Mazda, 2008 CX-7s carry over the same styling from their 2007 introduction: sporty without compromise.
The 2008 Mazda CX-7 is a mid-size, five-passenger CUV that, according to Edmunds, exhibits "edgy, almost sexy styling." Cars.com calls the 2008 Mazda "one of the best-looking crossovers" with "a bold design statement all around." They describe further "a menacing face and blacked-out grille, all pulled together by a very, very large Mazda emblem" and "exaggerated fenders" that remind them of Mazda's RX-8 sportscar. Car and Driver thinks the 2008 Mazda CX-7 is "the best interpretation of the term crossover [they've] seen yet," and it "appeals to people who want something that looks sporty." Sport trims receive 18-inch alloy wheels, according to various reviews read by TheCarConnection.com.
The 2008 Mazda CX-7's sportiness is not skin deep; the interior is a handsome place to work, too. Edmunds writes "the CX-7's radical styling carries inside, where an edgy yet functional cabin design greets drivers." Three pods that contain the speedometer, tachometer, and various gauges dominate the instrument panel. At night, they glow red, which some testers at ConsumerGuide "dislike" and "are divided on whether they're easy to read." They do agree that the gauges are "stylish." With its steep angle, this 2008 Mazda's windshield creates a large dashboard surface. Mazda somewhat mitigates this with what Kelley Blue Book describes as "a hooded crease" that houses "a glowing orange display for the audio and heating readouts."
Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com have little to fault about the design of the interior plastics in the Mazda. 2008 finds "Mazda...focuses on forming the plastics...into a 'sporty' look rather than an elegant one," says Cars.com, while Kelley Blue Book calls "tasteful" the blend of textured black plastic and chrome surrounds of the instrument cluster and center console of the 2008 Mazda.
With its athletic design inside and out, the 2008 Mazda CX-7 has the looks and style of a true crossover vehicle.