Like other Mazda products, the Mazda CX-7 is designed to appeal to people who derive extra enjoyment from driving. Although it has all the requisite elements that have made crossovers so popular -- including carlike handling, SUV drive height and considerable cargo capacity – the Mazda CX-7 offers a sportier edge. It's definitely a crossover to consider.
The Mazda CX-7 is a five-passenger small crossover SUV. It comes in five trim levels: i SV, i Sport, i Touring, s Touring and s Grand Touring. Standard on the "i" models is a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four rated at 161 horsepower and 161 pound-feet of torque. The "s" models boast a 2.3-liter turbocharged-4 that pumps out 244 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The 2.5-liter engine gets a five-speed automatic and a front-wheel-drive layout, while the turbo gets a six-speed automatic and optional all-wheel drive (FWD is standard).
Standard equipment on the Mazda CX-7 includes 17-inch wheels, stability control, full power accessories and a stereo with a CD player and auxiliary audio jack. Higher trims add niceties like Bluetooth, a leather-wrapped steering wheel/gearshift knob, 18- or 19-inch alloys, foglights, keyless ignition/entry and automatic climate control. Also available on the Mazda CX-7 are a sunroof, a Bose sound system with satellite radio, a navigation system and a rearview camera.
Every Mazda CX-7 comes standard with traction and stability control, antilock brakes with brake assist, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. In brake testing, a CX-7 i Sport came to a stop from 60 mph in 131 feet. The CX-7 s Grand Touring stopped in an excellent 113 feet.
The Mazda CX-7's athletic styling carries over to the interior of the cabin, where the edgy yet functional design provides a more visually interesting environment than one might expect from a crossover SUV. A sporty three-spoke steering wheel is reminiscent of the one found in the Miata, while the gauge cluster is similar to the RX-8's.