Patricia S., Mission, Texas

More often than not, something that drives with a sporting character will look the part, but a car that looks sporty doesn’t mean it’s fun to drive. You’ll have to decide what you want. Non-luxury midsize SUVs with a sporty drive include the 2010 Mazda CX-7 and 2010 Nissan Murano.

Cars.com editor Mike Hanley writes in his review of the 2010 CX-7:

“On the plus side, the CX-7 has the kind of light-effort, responsive steering that we appreciate in Mazda cars, like the Mazda3. The CX-7 also resists body roll when cornering.”

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On the other end of the spectrum is the 2010 Toyota Venza, a crossover that looks sporty but doesn’t drive that way. We weren’t a fan of the Venza’s lazy steering or body roll in the corners, though if you only want to look the part, the Venza may be worth a closer inspection. It drives a lot like its Camry sedan sibling.

If you look into the luxury segment, you’ll find more examples, like the 2010 Inifniti EX35 or 2010 Acura ZDX . The EX35 is smaller on the inside than the aforementioned crossovers but is derived from infiniti’s sports sedan. The ZDX uses Acura’s superb Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) to deliver on its sporty looks.

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Answered by Joe Bruzek on September 3, 2010 in Acura , All-wheel drive , Mazda , Mazda CX-7 , Nissan , Nissan Murano | Permalink

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