• (4.6) 7 reviews
  • Available Prices: $6,800–$13,996
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 19-23
  • Engine: 161-hp, 2.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 5
2012 Mazda CX-7

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Mazda CX-7

What We Don't Like

  • Highway acceleration (base engine)
  • Fuel economy (turbo engine)
  • Choppy highway ride at times
  • Backseat doesn't recline
  • Available dash-top screen is distracting

Notable Features

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

2012 Mazda CX-7 Reviews

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.

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

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 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


Average based on 7 reviews

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Decent car

by Steelersfan from Draper on August 5, 2017

It's an alright car, the ac unit isn't the best and the gas mileage isn't the best either. But the size of the car is great and has a lot of spacious room for comfort in the car. The exterior also loo... Read Full Review

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2012 Mazda CX-7 Safety Ratings

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There are currently 5 recalls for this car.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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