Sports car or sport utility vehicle? Spend a few hours behind the wheel of Mazda's CX-7 and you might start to wonder. And with good reason, for while the Miata and RX-8 are the classic examples of "zoom-zoom" engineering, the CX-7 is likely to make you forget you're driving a crossover vehicle.
$23,750 - $28,000
2.3-liter, I4, 244-horsepower, turbo engine that achieves 17-mpg in the city and 23-mpg on the highway.
"...the CX-7 brings something to the asphalt that no other $30,000 CUV in its class can touch - handling. Steering is linear much like a sports car, the turn-in is crisp and the taut suspension prevents jiggly Jell-O body roll so common on bigger SUVs."