2012 Mazda CX-7

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$22,190

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2012 Mazda CX-7
2012 Mazda CX-7

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

6 trims

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Notable features

  • Available blind spot warning system
  • Available backup camera
  • Optional 244-hp, turbo four-cylinder
  • FWD or AWD

2012 Mazda CX-7 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The five-seat CX-7 serves as Mazda’s entry in the popular compact crossover segment. Available with a choice of four-cylinders including a turbocharged engine, the CX-7 competes with the Ford Edge, Toyota RAV4 and Chevrolet Equinox.

New for 2012
There are no significant changes for the 2012 model year.

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 hatchback. 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 high-intensity-discharge headlamps

Interior
The CX-7 seats up to five. The dashboard features double-decker construction, with a large information display at the windshield’s base. Folding down the rear seats provides a nearly flat load floor, and the seatbacks and cargo compartment are finished in plastic. Interior features include:

  • Standard keyless entry
  • Telescoping sport steering wheel with audio and cruise-control switches
  • Optional heated front seats
  • Optional power moonroof
  • Optional navigation system
  • Optional backup camera

Under the Hood
The standard normally aspirated (non-turbo) 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine comes with a five-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. The turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder is optional. Mechanical features include:

  • Standard 161-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 161 pounds-feet of torque
  • Optional 244-hp, turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder with 258 pounds-feet of torque
  • Standard five-speed automatic; six-speed automatic with turbo engine
  • All-wheel drive available with turbo engine

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Standard side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Standard antilock brakes with brake assist
  • Standard electronic stability system and traction control
  • Optional blind spot warning system

 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.1
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

4.7

Reliable and fun to drive

Bought the basic SV model used in 2015 with 40k miles, have 71k now. It’s my wife’s car and she loves it. Great looking in pearl white with tan/black interior. Very solid, including interior which isn’t cheap feeling like some current cars. Interior styling looks upscale and exterior is sporty. Very comfortable seats with durable cloth. Engine is plenty peppy unless you have a heavy foot. Fuel economy is a bit better than EPA rating on the highway, close to EPA in the city. Best as a city/suburban car as the ride is a bit bouncy on bad highways, which we have a lot of in MN. Great handling for an SUV. Best attribute is its reliability—no problems to date, just the usual wear items like drive belt and battery. And no rust after 9 MN winters, much better than some Mazdas. Wouldn’t mind having Bluetooth, but can’t beat it for value.

4.9

Extremely reliable

Have owned two Mazda CX-7. First purchased new 2010 had 150,000 miles and was still in excellent condition. Car was totaled in accident, was still in excellent condition. Purchased 2nd used, due to reliability.

4.7

Most reliable car I have ever owned

This car met all my needs and expectations, plenty leg room back and front. Easy to drive in the city or on the road. Good in gas.

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