2010 Mazda CX-7 SUV s Touring 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Drove the Honda CR-V, nice drive train but too small. The Subaru Forester has the best interior quality but needs another gear. The Mitsubishi Outlander tested fine except for the (cheap) Goodyear tires which gave every Outlander the shakes,the interior quality and design is a nightmare, other than that loved the power-train. The Ford Edge is way over priced and the Chevy Equinox is expensive and plain ugly. None pleased me for the money until we tested the CX-7 which has the looks, drive-train with the turbo and 6 speed is very smooth and feels like a strong six. The interior is nice and the exterior is very nice also. The Mazda for the money was best, finally after three years of looking
Exterior looks great with a very nice interior layout and design. Good quality inside and out. For the money beats the competition and wish the rest would get their act together as the Mazda has the complete package.
Have only owned this vehicle a little more than a month. Initially was a little concerned that it might be a little underpowered, but that is not the case. Transmission and engine combination seem to get the most in terms of performance and MPG. Handles nicely. Only concern may be the stock tires. They ride ok & no issues so far, but when I replace, would probably look at something with a little wider foot print. Interior nicely laid out and comfortable for up to 4 adults. Stock stereo is decent with a little reduction in bass and treble settings. Back seat legroom is the only area where it's a little tight, but acceptable. All in all, fun to drive and a lot of bang for the buck.
Nice road feel and handling for a vehicle that sits high. Much better than our Highlander.
Stock tire selection - possibly change to 225 or 235-65 series.
2010 Mazda CX-7 SUV s Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
This is a very nice vehicle with plenty of features and style. The turbo engine is smooth with very minimal turbo lag - if any at all. I did, however, expect the car to have more power with the 244 hp. I kind of wish they just made this with a 6 cylinder and ditched the turbo. The MPG would be the same probably. The AWD system seems to work, although I can better gauge that in the coming Maine winter months. The handling is excellent for a vehicle of this size - much like my 2007 Mazda 6 that I traded in for this vehicle.
Blind Spot Monitoring - very cool. Heated leather seats. Bluetooth - very handy. Information display - no new car should be without one. Sex appeal and styling. MPG okay if you don't beat it up, best I've done is 24 mpg on one trip with cruise set at 65.
1) Sunglass holder please - there's room for one right next to the moonroof controls. 2) bring back the ambient lighting. my gf's 2010 mazda 3 has awesome blue ambient interior lighting and her car cost 13,000 less than this CX-7. 3) Make the rear window a hatch.
Vehicle ride is fair, pronounced road noise on less than well paved roads. Cabin is roomy, power with the 4 cyl is adequate. Rear seats do not fold flat, which I find annoying. Gas mileage should be better for the size of the vehicle.
Purchased in January to drive to Florida. Great mileage on the hgwy & around town. No problems so far. Very comfortable on my bad back even without lumbar support. Handles well & is relatively quiet. Would recommend to others to buy.
Nice styling. Black cherry mica is nice color. Plenty of room for luggage etc. Comfortable ride.
Daytime running lights would be a nice addition. Dash display not the easiest to see. Radio controls could be better.