The CX-7 five-seat crossover is priced between the Tribute and the larger CX-9 crossover in the Mazda lineup. The CX-7 was designed to deliver the utility of a small SUV and the driving experience of a passenger car. Its competitors include the Ford Edge, Toyota Highlander and Nissan Murano in one regard, but the CX-7's sporty nature and wagonlike shape also liken it to the Volkswagen Tiguan and Infiniti EX35.
New for 2011
New for 2011 is an "i" Touring model powered by a 161-horsepower four-cylinder engine. This trim level includes a power adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, leather trim, a rearview camera and a power moonroof.
The CX-7 is comparable in size to other midsize crossovers, though it's relatively narrow and more likely than most to be called a wagon. Exterior features include:
- Standard 17-inch and optional 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels
- Standard power mirrors, optional heated mirrors
- Automatic on/off headlights
- Optional fog lamps
- Optional xenon headlamps
The CX-7 seats up to five. The dashboard features double-decker construction, with a large information display at the base of the windshield.
Folding down the rear seats provides a nearly flat load floor, and the seatbacks and rear cargo compartment are coated in plastic. Interior features include:
- Blue-ring gauges
- Standard keyless entry
Telescoping sport steering wheel with audio and cruise-control switches
- Optional heated front seats
- Optional power moonroof
- Optional navigation unit with rearview camera
Under the Hood
The normally aspirated (non-turbo) 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is now available on "i" Touring models, and it comes with a five-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. The optional turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder carries over from the previous model year.
- Standard 161-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 161 pounds-feet of torque
- Optional 244-hp, 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-four with 258 pounds-feet of torque
- Standard five-speed automatic; six-speed auto with turbo engine
- All-wheel drive available with turbo engine
Safety features include:
- Standard side-impact and side curtain airbags
- Standard antilock braking system with brake assist
- Standard electronic stability and traction control
- Optional blind spot warning system
- Optional backup camera
Cars.com Expert Reviews
|Mike Hanley||Cars.com National||August 25, 2011|
|Cars.com Staff||Cars.com National||September 1, 2010|
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