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2011 Mazda CX-7

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$4,733 — $12,589 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
19-24 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Acceleration (turbo engine)
  • Brake-pedal feel
  • Responsive steering
  • Nicely arranged cargo area

The Bad

  • Highway acceleration (base engine)
  • Fuel economy (turbo engine)
  • Choppy highway ride at times
  • Backseat doesn't recline
  • Available dash-top screen is distracting
2011 Mazda CX-7 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2011 Mazda CX-7
  • New &quot
  • i&quot
  • Touring model with 2.5-liter four-cylinder
  • Available blind spot warning system
  • Available backup camera
  • FWD or AWD

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Our Take

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Vehicle Overview

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.

Exterior
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


Interior
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 ...
Vehicle Overview

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.

Exterior
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


Interior
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
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

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
33 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

Read reviews that mention:

(2.0)

don't recommend

by cx7drvR from Tewksbury,ma on November 15, 2018

nice bose system, got the car less than a year & put 4k miles on it started to have engine problem cost a lot to fix, have warranty for it but the dealer is taking more than 2 months (Alpha Motors in ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great car for the money.

by Patriot from Montrose, Colorado on August 10, 2018

This is a great car, very reliable and handles like a sports car. I even took this little SUV over a Colorado mountain pass that was for 4WD vehicles, and it was a beast ! Handles like a dream on the ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2011 Mazda CX-7 currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Mazda CX-7 has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Mazda

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The CX-7 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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