I had to wait until April 2011 to get a CX-7i touring.
I had rented a CX-7 tubo in Colorado several years ago and liked it but not the $20/day for gas.
The CX-7i touring is so far very nice.
I have taken it on several trips already (1200 miles and several 300 miles). Rides great and handles like a good sedan.
Very short turning circle which is handy.
I am getting 20-22 mpg in town.
I am a bit dissappointed in the highway mileage as it is on the order of 26.
Only have 2500 miles on it so maybe it will improve.
I think the non-turbo motor had adquate pep for frwy crusing (70-75).
Tested a CRV, RAV4 and several other alternatives (Escape for example).
The CX-7 is a better car- my view
After driving my Mazda5 for five years without one problem it was time to trade.
I looked at other brands of smaller SUVs and Minivans but
in the long run the reliability of my 5 and my great dealer service persuaded me to stay with Mazda.
I have had the CX-7 since Aug. 2010 and so far there has not been even a trace of a problem.
The CX-7 has undergone improvements in ride, quiet cabin and interior appointments and they are all appreciated.
The seats are very comfortable and the dashboard it really smart looking.
On my most recent highway trip I averaged 30.5 miles per gallon.
In normal city driving I average 22 mph. I love the car.
Wife wanted a new ride and liked the styling of the cx7. Felt like the price was good for the amount of car we were getting. Liked the fact that it is totally built in Japan ( the Japanese are known to take pride in their workmanship). Read customer reviews and was scared by all the turbo engine problems,so stayed away from it. The standard engine is not bad and avg 24 mpg with mixed city/country road driving. Drives solid but slightly bumpy. After 15,000 miles my main complaint is the transmission. I just don't like the way it hesitates to downshift after slowing down. I haven't had any problems so far. Only regret is small interior with two kids. Price to pay though for decent fuel economy
All of the cars I own have more than 200K miles on them, I take care of my cars. That being said let me get into my story. The car had been repaired by the dealership at -closed- Mazda in Fremont, CA rear bumper damage during transport, this was not disclosed to us until after we complained we found pink bondo underneath chipped paint. Who repairs a plastic bumper with bondo? That isn't the cars fault, this was the dealer so onto the actual car.
I like the amenaties of the car Bluetooth, awesome speakers sun roof tineed back windows. The ride is good acceleration is good brakes are good, except for the parking brake, which I think is useless, car completely rocks forward after setting luckily the actual park gear is their. Seats are comfy steering is average design and look of the car is good. Plenty of space, road noise, I don't notice road noise much but I listen to music with my windows rolled up. Tires, wow one brand makes your tires, special order, ~$200 a tire, go to costco they have a great warranty service. I had to replace the battery around 36K miles, replaced it with a $200 5 year battery warranty from O'Reilly awesome place a bit expensive but I like the peace of mind. I do not like the placement of the side impact airbags located near the front windshield on both passenger and driver side, this is a very bad flaw in design, it restricts vision to the corners of the car. This is very annoying because it is supposed to protect you. I'm not trying to say it completely blinds you, but it is blocking some portion of a very important spot in your vision, bad. Other than that the car is aesthetically pleasing and very spacious gas is ok. This is my major problem with the car, I have a service warranty on the car covers oil changes and maintenance, I love it every car should have this service, but wish I opted for the extended warranty for power train and transmission. Here is the story:
2011 MAZDA CX-7
I have owned this car for less than 4 years and it has ~40K miles on it. On October 30, 2015, my wife called me distressed, saying that the car sounded funny on the freeway driving to work. Luckily, after exiting she was able to park the car close by in a metered parking area safely. Later that day, while on her lunch break, she got back into the car and attempted to leave. She normally started the car, released the parking brake, put the car in reverse, lifted her foot off the brake and the car did nothing. At this point, she called me and alerted me of the issue. Our insurance company offers free towing, so we took advantage of that, thank you AAA. We towed the car to the Mazda dealership and they were nice enough to take the car in for storage until repair day. Our car is outside of it warranty. My younger brother also has a Mazda CX-7, but it is an older model 2010. This anomaly also occurred with his car, last year. His Mazda needed a new transmission, which I am assuming will happen to me.
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I hope this helps you guys. I don't usually write reviews but when I do, it's bad.
I've only had this car the last two days and it's really been fun to drive. This is my first crossover and was a smooth transition from my 08 honda civic coupe. It drives and rides like a car! The spacious seats, cargo room, bluetooth feature are my favorite.