Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), also known as "sticker" price, is a recommended selling price that automakers give a new car that is above the invoice price paid by the dealer. It is a price that does not include any options that can be added to a particular car style. When shown as a range, the prices are starting MSRPs, without options, for multiple styles for that model.
This price range reflects the Kelley Blue Book Suggested Retail value for all trim levels, but not necessarily all available options.
The Kelley Blue Book Suggested Retail value represents the amount an auto dealer might ask for a specific vehicle; the actual sale price will vary. A vehicle's popularity, condition, warranty, color and local market conditions are factors involved in determining a final price. The retail value is not a trade-in or private party value.
The Suggested Retail value assumes that the vehicle has been fully reconditioned and has a clean title history. The Suggested Retail value also allows for advertising, sales commissions, insurance and other costs of doing business as a dealer. Most vehicles offered at this price have passed an inspection, and some may carry a warranty. Vehicle mileage is assumed to be normal or below normal.
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By Kelsey Mays
July 20, 2007
Vehicle Overview Based on the Mazda6 midsize-car platform, the CX-7 is designed, as are many crossovers, to deliver the utility of a small sport utility vehicle with the driving experience of a passenger car. The CX-7 features a turbocharged engine and raked-back styling that culminates in a short rear hatch. Competitors include the Ford Edge and Hyundai Santa Fe.
The CX-7 can seat up to five, and both front- and all-wheel-drive models are available. Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trim levels offer a variety of ascending equipment levels, but all CX-7s come with six airbags, antilock brakes and basic power accessories. For 2008, premium gasoline is no longer required thanks to revised engine programming.
Exterior The CX-7 echoes Mazda's recent passenger cars with its thin, dual-bezel headlamps and five-point grille. Below, a large lower air dam with flanking side portals recalls Mazda's RX-8 sports car. Fog lights and upscale touches such as chrome door handles and xenon high-intensity-discharge headlamps are available on higher trim levels. The side glass tapers into small rear-quarter windows, and a short liftgate features clear-lens taillamps. A raked windshield, subtle roof spoiler and dual exhaust pipes accentuate the CX-7's appearance. The CX-7 has a fully independent suspension and wears 18-inch wheels as standard equipment.
Interior Although the CX-7's interior has elements of other Mazda vehicles (most notably the three-spoke steering wheel, circular air vents and electroluminescent instrument panel), it's largely a new look for Mazda. The dashboard ascends away from the driver, and there's a shelf just below the windshield that shades a thin information display.
In Sport form, the CX-7 has basic power accessories, remote keyless entry and a CD stereo. Midlevel Touring models add leather seats, an eight-way power driver's seat and heated front seats. The top-end Grand Touring trim adds automatic climate control. Options include a navigation system and a power moonroof.
Folding rear seats provide a nearly flat load floor when down, and the seatbacks and rear cargo compartment are coated in plastic. With the rear seats up, cargo volume is 29.9 cubic feet; with the seats down, cargo volume expands to 58.6 cubic feet.
Under the Hood The CX-7's only available power plant is a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder. The engine features direct injection, a top-mounted intercooler and variable valve timing. It generates 244 horsepower and 258 pounds-feet of torque. The engine mates to a standard six-speed automatic transmission with a manual-shift mode.
Safety All-disc antilock brakes, traction control, an electronic stability system and side-impact and side curtain airbags are standard.
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