By Mike Hanley on February 11, 2009
Offered until now with only a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the Mazda CX-7 crossover gains a new normally aspirated four-cylinder for the 2010 model year. The new engine displaces 2.5 liters and makes 161 hp, which is quite a bit less than the 244-hp turbo four-cylinder, which is still available. The base four-cylinder teams with a five-speed automatic and is only available with front-wheel drive (the turbo CX-7 uses a six-speed automatic and can have all-wheel drive). Gas mileage is one of the low points of the CX-7's high-powered turbo engine, and though fuel economy figures haven't been released, the new base four-cylinder should give the CX-7 more competitive fuel economy.
The 2010 CX-7 sports new exterior styling highlighted by a restyled front end that has more aggressive — and vaguely happy-looking — bumper styling. The rear bumper receives minor changes, too. Mazda says the 2010 CX-7's chassis rigidity has been improved and wind noise has been lessened.
Interior revisions include new dash vents, a new steering wheel, new instrument panel backlighting and a larger dash-top display screen. Mazda's blind spot warning system is newly available.
The 2010 CX-7 recently appeared at the 2009 Canadian International Auto Show and will be at the New York auto show in April, Mazda says. Pricing information has not been released.
Senior Editor Mike Hanley is a father of three boys; he reviews new cars, admires classic cars and has embraced the minivan lifestyle. Email Mike