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The base Sport trim level has lost its standard power driver seat.
[It's] surprising that our Mazda didn't display outside temperature or fuel economy
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frosted plastic taillights that exhibit an expensive air
With three trim levels, all available with either front- or all-wheel drive, and a lengthy standard equipment list, the 2009 Mazda CX-7 is competitive in its class.
On this 2009 Mazda, all trims feature a sporty-three spoke steering wheel and a cabin air filter. Sport is the Mazda 2009's base trim and starts off, according to Edmunds, with "18-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, full power accessories, cruise control, a six-way manual adjustment driver's seat, and a CD player with MP3 capability and an auxiliary audio jack." The midlevel Touring trim "adds leather, an eight-way power driver seat and front seat heaters." The top-of-the-line Grand Touring trim "features xenon headlights, heated exterior mirrors, an upgraded gauge cluster, automatic headlights, automatic climate control and distinct leather upholstery," notes ConsumerGuide.
In addition to the above, states ConsumerGuide, standard on the 2009 Mazda CX-7 Sport trim are "cruise control, remote keyless entry, variable wipers (front and rear), rear defogger, floor mats, theft-deterrent system, rear privacy glass, and a rear spoiler." Touring models also feature "driver seat lumbar support, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a cargo cover." In addition, Grand Touring models are equipped with "an outside temperature indicator and automatic headlights."
For the 2009 Mazda CX-7, a package called 1MC including a sunroof and Bose stereo is available; the Technology package adds a voice-controlled touch-screen navigation system, keyless ignition, and a rear park-assist system with a rearview camera, according to Edmunds, who note that "the Sport trim can be upgraded with a power seat option that adds power and heated front seats." Also optional, according to ConsumerGuide, are "remote engine start, an automatic day/night rearview mirror, and a Class II tow-hitch receiver." ConsumerGuide notes that Sport models can only be equipped with a hitch with the power/heated seat package.
Although it keeps a low sticker price, the base 2009 Mazda CX-7 (Sport) isn’t as well equipped as last year's model, and you’ll probably want to browse the options list.