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Rating 65/100 Background In case you hadn’t noticed, the small crossover SUV segment is wildly popular. By our count, there are close to 30 new vehicles available in this class. This makes for fierce competition, which is why the Mazda CX-7, introduced five model years ago, is increasingly outclassed in most respects. The 2012 Mazda …

Rating 90/100 Background Every class needs its jock. Without him, your football team would’ve been terrible and the grading curve for your chemistry final would’ve been screwed up by the smart kids. In a similar vein, the 2011 Mazda CX-7 could be described as the jock of the compact-crossover class. The CX-7 isn’t as sensible …

Rating 87/100 Background As the auto company that produces such four-wheeled fun as the Mazdaspeed 3, Miata and RX-8, Mazda tries to infuse every car it makes with a sporty personality. Peppy acceleration, precise handling and a feeling that you’re confidently connected to the road are hallmarks of the brand. And with the 2010 Mazda …

Rating 67/100 Background With its sleek lines and radically sloping front end, the 2009 Mazda CX-7 lends some sporty style to the small and midsize crossover SUV segments. Influenced by the company’s RX-8 and MX-5 Miata sports cars, the CX-7’s performance and handling abilities make it the most rewarding choice in its class to drive. …

Rating 75/100 Background The 2008 Mazda CX-7 handily dismisses the notion that SUVs are supposed to be big, lumbering things shaped like a cargo container on wheels. Even those that are fairly aerodynamic look like bricks alongside the CX-7’s radically raked front end. Influenced by Mazda’s RX-8 and Miata sports cars, the styling hints of …

Rating 63/100 Background Up until now, Mazda has had just one SUV in its lineup, the compact Tribute, which is essentially a corporate twin of the Ford Escape. Now, with the introduction of the 2007 CX-7, Mazda has a car to compete in the midsize crossover SUV segment. This has proven to be a very …

Rating 50/100 Background The 2013 CX-5 isn’t the first compact crossover SUV from Mazda, but it might as well be. Mazda’s previous attempts at making inroads in the highly competitive segment included the Tribute (a clone of a Ford Escape) and the highly regarded but slow-selling Mazda CX-7. With this all-new, athletically minded and generously …

Rating 60/100 Background Just like people, vehicles have personalities ranging from bland and boring to stylish and entertaining. If you accept that premise, it’s safe to say the 2012 Kia Sportage comes down on the "cool kid" end of the continuum. Part of the appeal of this small crossover SUV is simply that it’s such …

Rating 72/100 Background Much of Subaru’s success has stemmed from its skill at meeting the needs of very specific — and very dedicated — groups of auto buyers. Models like the Outback have traditionally been aimed at people wanting something civilized enough for mundane urban travel, yet rugged enough for snow and light off-roading, while …

Rating 72/100 Background With an elevated drive height, four-wheel drive and enough roof space to strap down an elk, the SUV certainly was created with the great outdoors in mind. Yet at some point folks in suburbia gained a hankering for them, and the resulting market shift has left traditional off-roading SUVs dying out in …

Rating 82/100 Background At a glance, one may confuse the 2011 Nissan Rogue for its bigger and fancier brother, the Nissan Murano. And with this year’s mild refresh bringing a slightly more upscale look to the compact crossover SUV, we’re sure the closer resemblance is intentional. Yet the Rogue is based on a more humble …

Rating 63/100 Background It must be tough for the 2011 Mazda Tribute at family get-togethers. Like the red-headed stepchild, this compact crossover sticks out as the oddball among its fellow Mazdas with their rakish profiles, beefy fender flares and wide-mouth grilles. That’s because the Tribute has been adopted from a different family. Remove the badges …