2012 Mazda CX-7

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Mazda CX‑7. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2012 Mazda CX-7

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

2012 Mazda CX-7 Overview

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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-lite...
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

 


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Great Vehicle

by G-Man from Wintersprings, Florida on May 3, 2018

It is the most dependable vehicle I have ever owned,I have driven to and from Orlando florida to Pittsburgh Pa, to Georgia,and all around florida from central florida to the east and west coast of the ... Read full review

(5.0)

Beach Dayz

by Zippachic from Port Jeff, NY on April 9, 2018

Fits me & my 3 six foot sons very comfortably. And of course my beach chair fit length wise or sideways. Enjoying my sunroof & Bluetooth capabilities. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Mazda CX-7 currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Mazda CX-7 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed 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
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 6 years/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    160-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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