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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
The rest of the controls are backlit in red and organized close at hand, with a shared display mounted separately high atop the dash.
At only 4.1 inches diagonally, however, the navigation and rearview camera screen is quite small and harder to see than most systems.
interior is well sorted out, with the controls for radio, heat, etc. all easy to operate
The AWD weighs as much as 505 pounds more than the FWD
The 2012 Mazda CX-7 comes in two trim levels and with two engines, but even the least pricey 'i' model with the SV trim doesn't feel like a bare-bones vehicle. That model includes 17-inch alloy wheels, whereas the faster 's' model offers 18- or 19-inch wheels. The fancier Touring and Grand Touring trim levels of the 's' model add further features, including chrome trim on the door handles and turn signals integrated into the door mirrors.
The mid-level Touring trim, including popular leather upholstery, is available on both 'i' and 's' models.
The highest-level trim is the Grand Touring package, which includes heated mirrors, automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers, a moonroof, SmartKey entry system, xenon High-Intensity Discharge headlamps, and an integrated navigation system with a full-color display. It also includes a Blind-Spot Monitoring system that warns drivers if a vehicle is in an adjacent lane but not visible in the rear-view mirrors.
The only model that doesn't include a Bluetooth hands-free interface is the base SV trim level, and streaming audio via the Bluetooth link is also available. On the higher trim levels, the voice-activated, touch-screen navigation system is optional, as is a premium Bose Centerpoint autio system.
The 2012 Mazda CX-7 is a good value, with good equipment on the base SV trim and all the bells and whistles on the top-of-the-line Grand Touring model.