The CX-7, which was based on the MX-Crossport concept, is a midsize crossover that combines SUV capabilities with the agility of a sporty car, resulting in an enjoyable ride. The exterior design features styling cues reminiscent of the RX-8, such as the prominent front fenders and the Mazda-specific five-pointed grille.
The CX-7 has a distinctive instrument panel with a "double-roof" design in its cabin. The controls are sensibly placed and the materials used are of good quality. It is spacious enough for both front and rear passengers to travel comfortably on longer trips.
The CX-7 used a 2.3-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine to produce 244 hp and 258 lb.-ft of torque, available even at lower rpm. It could be paired with a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. However, the engine had high fuel consumption.
Safety features included ABS, Dynamic Stability Control, and Traction Control, and it offered both front-wheel and Mazda's Active Torque-Split All-wheel-drive system.
Buyers looking for adequate storage space for their luggage, especially during vacations, were pleased with the size of the trunk. Read more
The Mazda CX-7's second generation was unveiled in 2009 during the New York Auto Show. It featured a 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with only one option that could generate 244 hp. The car was faster and more powerful compared to other competitors during that time. However, it had high fuel consumption, particularly on the highway.
The CX-7 used to be a great choice for those who prioritized looks and powertrain over practicality. However, its interior room and trunk size fell short in comparison to other options available.
In 2009, Mazda offered the CX-7 in three trim levels: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring.
The Sport model had standard features including 18-inch alloys, air conditioning, full power accessories, cruise control, and a 6-way manual adjustable driver seat.
The Touring trim offered additional features such as leather upholstery, an 8-way power driver seat, heated front seats, and a retractable cargo cover. The highest trim, Touring, included xenon headlights, heated side mirrors, automatic headlights, automatic climate control, and unique leather upholstery.