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Mazda CX-7 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.3 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 244 hp @ 5000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/22 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2007 Mazda CX-7

  • Plenty of room, adequate vroom, and yes, there is zoom-zoom. If you still haven't found a midsize crossover SUV that fits your lifestyle, Mazda has come up with the sporty alternative.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Sporty performance and handling, stylish cabin design, solid build quality, eye-catching style.

  • Cons

    Mediocre fuel mileage, premium fuel requirement.

  • What's New for 2007

    The 2007 Mazda CX-7 is a new crossover SUV that combines design cues from the Miata and RX-8, the practicality of an SUV body style and the sporty performance expected from a Mazda-brand vehicle.

Full 2007 Mazda CX-7 Review

What's New for 2007

The 2007 Mazda CX-7 is a new crossover SUV that combines design cues from the Miata and RX-8, the practicality of an SUV body style and the sporty performance expected from a Mazda-brand vehicle.

Introduction

Up until now, Mazda has had just one SUV in its lineup, the compact Tribute, which is essentially a corporate twin of the Ford Escape. Now, with the introduction of the 2007 CX-7, Mazda has a vehicle to compete in the midsize crossover SUV segment. This has proven to be a very popular category, as it appeals to those who may want an SUV for the all-weather grip of all-wheel drive, the generous cargo capacity and the higher-up driving position, along with carlike ride and handling dynamics. Mazda drew from the Miata and RX-8 sports cars for a styling theme and from the Mazdaspeed 6 sport sedan for its performance-oriented hardware.

Sharing its turbocharged 2.3-liter inline four with the feisty Mazdaspeed 6 (modified for a broader power spread at the expense of peak power), the 2007 Mazda CX-7 features a six-speed automatic transmission, a fully independent suspension and ventilated disc brakes at all four corners. Further driving home the on-road performance intent of the CX-7 are standard 18-inch wheels shod with 235/60 street tires and an optional all-wheel-drive system.

Based on the CX-7's mid-$20Ks price tag, its chief competitors would seem to be the Honda CR-V, Saturn Vue Redline and Toyota RAV4 V6, but it has more in common, sizewise, with the larger and more expensive Nissan Murano. And it possesses a sportier personality than any of these SUVs. Geared toward driving enthusiasts who desire a roomy and affordable performance SUV, the 2007 Mazda CX-7 delivers on the company's promise. Its sporty cabin design, along with its buttoned-down handling, tight steering, rapid acceleration and strong brakes, almost make one forget that he's driving something that makes sense as a family car.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2007 Mazda CX-7 is a midsize SUV that's available in three trim levels. The well-equipped Sport starts things off with 18-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, power windows and mirrors, keyless entry, cruise control and a CD player. Next up is the midlevel Touring model, which adds leather-trimmed seats, front seat heaters and an eight-way power driver seat. The Grand Touring is the top-of-the-line CX-7 and features HID headlights, heated exterior mirrors, automatic climate control and distinct leather upholstery. All three trim levels can be further improved with additional options. A moonroof and an upgraded Bose audio system (with an in-dash six-CD changer) are grouped together as a package. They are also part of the Technology Package, as is a navigation system, a keyless-start feature and a rear park-assist system with rearview camera. A preferred equipment package consists of a cargo net, cargo tray, retracting cargo cover and rear bumper step plate.

Powertrains and Performance

The sole powertrain is a turbocharged, direct-injection 2.3-liter inline four good for 244 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift capability is standard. The CX-7 is available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive; there is no low-range gearing, confirming the on-road mission of the CX-7. In normal driving situations, the all-wheel-drive system routes 100 percent of the engine's power to the front wheels. Up to 50 percent of engine power is automatically and quickly applied to the rear wheels in case of limited traction.

Although a loaded Grand Touring AWD model weighs close to 2 tons, performance is still relatively brisk, with zero to 60 mph taking just 7.7 seconds. Braking performance is world-class, with fade-free stops from 60 mph of 113 feet. Fuel economy is less impressive, as the EPA rates the CX-7 AWD as returning 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway, mediocre numbers for this class. Owners interested in towing will be somewhat limited, as the CX-7 is limited to 2,000 pounds.

Safety

Antilock disc brakes, stability control, a tire-pressure monitor and six airbags (including front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags) come standard on all 2007 Mazda CX-7 trim levels.

Interior Design and Special Features

The Miata and RX-8 influences show up in the cabin, with a sporty three-spoke wheel and instrument cluster that look as though they were lifted from those cars. The center console is taller to mimic the relationship between the steering wheel and shifter found in the RX-8. The design also creates a cavernous lockable center storage compartment that can swallow a purse or laptop whole. Cargo capacity measures 58.6 cubic feet with the second-row seats down and 29.9 cubes with them in use.

Driving Impressions

When it comes to handling and brake performance, the 2007 Mazda CX-7 lives up to the "soul of a sports car" hype. The power steering is nicely weighted, and the effort increases in direct proportion to cornering forces. This SUV feels very stable in turns and changes direction quickly, while maintaining solid control over body sway. The CX-7 rides a bit firmer than most competitors, but it's a small price to pay for such an enjoyable drive.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Don't buy or get rid

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Vehicle: 2007 Mazda CX-7 Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

Bought new in 07/2006, 07 Touring model, AWD,loaded. Like the looks of the car. Real trouble began after 70,000 miles. Had VVT and timing chain replaced, $2500, Mazda rep literally said sorry nothing we can do about it. Should've got rid of it right there. Started to use a lot of oil afterwards, still not Mazda's problem. Got another year out of it before an ignition coil went bad on a trip and then only to find no compression in one of the cylinders. This car is a bad engine design. If you have on get rid of it before the miles go up, don't buy a used one if you're looking.



4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Cx7 turbo compression

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Vehicle: 2007 Mazda CX-7 Touring 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

On my 2007 cx7, Mazda warranty replaced vvt & timing chain that was grinding during start-up. While replacing, the mech found the intake cam way out of phase & called Mazda Canada tech line for approval to correct. Mazda tech line asked for compression after vvt & timing chain replaced. Dealer Mech found #1 at 70/170; #2-40/100; #3-60/140; #4-30/80. Mazda Canada tech said this is ok and to send me home, happy that they replaced the timing chain. My Mazda Dealer told me they would recommend doing the required repairs but because I'm requesting warranty to cover it because it's a result of the timing chain. I called Mazda Canada & they told me to go back to my Service Manager to fix? Help!



5 of 5 people found this review helpful

The best sport zoom zoom

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Vehicle: 2007 Mazda CX-7 Sport 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

I have it for almost 7 months, and it just work perfectly, until now i didnt found any problem, i just came back from a trip to Las Vegas and the CX-7 was perfect on the road! Gas millage was better than the last time when we do the same thip but in a Ford Edge... we save a lot of money on gas this time! Exellente build quality, exterior and interior design, it just look great! Great Bose sound sytem, sunroof, the CX-7 just run like if you have a sporty car with it 4 cilender turbocharge! In my opinion MAZDA has better quality, realability and designs that Honda and Toyota.




Fun car zoom-zoom

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Vehicle: 2007 Mazda CX-7 Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

Traded in my '03 Expedition for the CX 7. I was impressed with the zippy handling and overall performance of the CX. I was looking at several cross overs and smaller SUVs but the Touring edition had what I was looking for. I was surprised at the way the turbo 4 cyl handled with 4 people. I was expecting it to bog down with the extra weight but it certainly didn't. It has the room for everything I need it for including the towing package I needed for a small trailer and a future boat. Gas mileage from my first tank full was a respectful 17.5. I expect that to increase since I didn't drive very conservatively, wanting to see what she would do on different road types.



14 of 14 people found this review helpful

Turbo failure x 2 and

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Vehicle: 2007 Mazda CX-7 Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

1st turbo blown @ 43,000 miles driving down the road 30 miles an hr hear a load pop and whine and total loss of pwr. Seemed like i could only drive in 1st gear. Took to dealership and the following: 1. turbo charger replaced 2. Gasket, Turbo Charger 3. Gasket, oil pipe 4. Stud 5. Stud, Surge Tank x 8 6. Nut, Flange x 9 7. Sensor, air & Fuel 8. Pipe Fuel main 9. Valve, Selenoid Confirmed Customer concern, performed compression test and evaluated engine 175, 175, 180, 180. Engine appears not to be internally damaged, found turbo Impeller Rattling and sending engine oil into exhaust system, found no oxygen sensor signal. Replaced turbo and oil lines, replaced oxygen sensor. replaced fuel lines




2 issues over the last

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Vehicle: 2007 Mazda CX-7 Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

I bought my CX-7 new. Only issues have been the check engine light (faulty gas cap from Mazda. The cap wasn't creating a proper seal), and now at 74,563 miles later the turbo is leaking oil (reported issue with the CX-7). Lucky for me I bought the extended warranty for up to 75,000. It's in the shop right now and feel lucky! But other than those two problems, I really like the car. Nice design and value for the price. I have the CX-7 Touring fully loaded.



Talk About The 2007 CX-7

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taz6
taz6
02-14-2011
2007 CX-7 GT with 50K...


gordongordo
gordongordo
10-28-2007
I've reading these forum discussions about both the CX-7 and CX-9, and I'm still undecided about the relative merits . . . leaving aside the lower price of the CX-7 (most likely the FWD Touring for bo...


caliche67
caliche67
01-22-2008
I just got a 2008 CX-7 Grand Touring (Black Cherry Mica) and a 2008 CX-9 Grand Touring (Liquid Platinum Metallic) in the last two weeks!! Very happy with both but still trying to decipher gas consumpt...



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