2011 Mazda CX-7 You Too Can Be Sporty and Fun>

Women enjoy zooming just as much (if not more!) than guys. That’s why Mazda strives to infuse the spirit of “Zoom Zoom” into every vehicle in its fleet. The brand’s CUVs (crossover utility vehicles) are no exception. The 2011 Mazda CX-7 is well suited for women seeking the functionality of a crossover and the handling a sportier, smaller car.

From the outside, the CX-7 has very attractive, tight and sporty look. We should all be so lucky! On the inside, this sleek crossover is sharply finished, but not quite as roomy as others in its class. The CX-7’s 29.9 cubic feet of trunk space is adequate, and the 36.4 inches of rear legroom is a bit shorter than most. We do like the 60/40 rear bench seats that fold flat with the flip of a lever. You can drop one side to carry your skis, beach supplies and other cargo, and keep the other section erect to host a hunky passenger.

Now for the technology bells and whistles. Mazda is clearly up to speed, providing an auxiliary port for your MP3 player and a USB port for your smart phone. Our CX-7 tester also adds Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling. If a super sound system is high on your wish list, you’ll have to opt for the CX-7 Grand Touring model, which comes with a sweet-sounding 9-speaker Bose audio system.

We ladies love to have choices. CX-7 shoppers may choose from two different engines to get the Zoom Zoom that best meets their driving habits and lifestyle. The high-end choice is a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 244 horsepower. It’s offers plenty of power and zippiness, but it does manage to get 17 mpg in the city and 21 on the highway in the All-Wheel Drive model. The CX-7’s base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that’s far more efficient — at 20 mpg city / 28 highway.

The CX-7 also offers oodles of safety advances. Dynamic Stability Control and Traction Control work to keep your tires gripping the road. Available safety add-ons include a back-up camera and blind-spot monitoring feature. And of course the CX-7 comes standard with airbags all around, including side curtain bags that protect you and your precious passengers in the event of a rollover accident.

Despite a somewhat diminutive interior, the CX-7 is a fun and functional vehicle that looks great, drives superbly. And with a base price starting at about $21,990, you can get your zoom-zoom on…without going broke-broke. For more CX-7 specs, pricing, warranty and availability, click here.