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STYLING | 9 out of 10
Exterior and interior restyling brings it in line with Mazda’s new design direction”
“Some testers dislike red, night lighting”
“Most noticeable change include larger side air-intakes”
The Mazda CX-7 lineup returns for 2010 with a moderate makeover that helps unify the CX-7 with the rest of Mazda’s restyled vehicles.
The 2010 Mazda CX-7 is a mid-size, five-passenger crossover that Cars.com says “was designed to deliver the utility of a small SUV and the driving experience of a passenger car.” The curvaceous CX-7 undergoes a mid-cycle refresh, and it now features a number of styling changes that Left Lane News feels “bring the small SUV more in line with the rest of Mazda’s freshened lineup.” Autoblog also notes that “Mazda has refined the CX-7 inside-and-out, including a redesigned front end with a larger five-point grille and different front and rear fascias.” Overall, Left Lane News reviewers indicate that the “most noticeable changes include larger side air-intakes, giving the CX-7 a much more aggressive look” that includes a hint of Mazda’s “familiar ‘smiling’ front grille.”
The interior of the 2010 Mazda CX-7 also receives some changes for this year, but it retains the original CX-7’s appealing mix of curves and practicality. ConsumerGuide raves that “the navigation system is easy to program” and points out that the Mazda CX-7’s “gauges are stylish,” although some reviewers “are divided on whether they’re easy to read.” Cars.com thinks drivers shouldn’t have any trouble reading the displays, since the Mazda CX-7 features “a new, larger information display at the base of the windshield.” For those familiar with the current Mazda lineup, Left Lane News says that the current LCD on the Mazda CX-7 is “similar to the one found in the new Mazda3.” Drivers should now be able to keep more of their attention on the road, as ConsumerGuide notes the availability of “standard steering-wheel audio switches” that are a “plus because the main array takes time to learn.”
A few new details don’t make the 2010 Mazda CX-7 look much different than before from a distance, but it works better up close and inside.