$30,145 (Grand Touring, AWD, including $560 destination)
All wheel drive with active torque split
Turbocharged, 4 cylinders, 16 valves, direct injection
2260cc (138 cu-in)
double overhead camshaft
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
244 @ 5,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
258 @ 2,500
6-speed automatic with sequential manual mode
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
There is a detectable amount of lag. The sweet spot is between 3,000 and 5,000 rpm -- anything over 5,000 rpm is wasted. No wheelspin on launch and zero torque steer. Upshifts are crisp and quick.
Wow! Nice brakes! Pedal effort and firmness are just right -- unlike RAV4, which is waaay too hard at full ABS.
I'd be hard-pressed to come up with another SUV that feels as confident as the CX-7 does in the slalom. I wasn't expecting much from the Eagle RS-As, but there's a bunch of grip and little noise. At 9/10ths, it stays out of the VDC, but at 10/10ths, it intrudes/corrects slightly and without undue drama.