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.”
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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