2010 CX-7 New Car Test Drive
The Mazda CX-7 is sporty and svelte yet functional, roomy, and comfortable. The CX-7 is available with a turbocharged four-cylinder that delivers sporty performance. For 2010, Mazda CX-7 is available with a naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, allowing it to more directly competes with the likes of the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. A sporty five-passenger vehicle, the CX-7 will haul nearly as much stuff as it does people.
The Mazda CX-7 offers decent cargo space, a comprehensive set of safety features and distinctive looks. We found it fun to drive, with responsive handling and good high-speed stability. Compared to its competitors, the CX-7 excels in ride and handling.
Mazda introduced the CX-7 for 2007 as a totally new crossover utility vehicle. Crossovers have since become the hottest segment in the auto industry. They combine the high seating position and cargo capacity of a truck-based sport utility vehicle with the agility, smoothness and fuel economy of a car. And they avoid the image of a minivan or station wagon.
The 2010 Mazda CX-7 gets revisions to the interior, exterior, and chassis. The new engine comes with a five-speed automatic transmission instead of the turbo's six speed. The 2010 CX-7 body has Mazda's new corporate face featuring the now-familiar five-pointed grille, as well as a new rear bumper. Underneath, Mazda has retuned the dampers and taken steps to increase body rigidity and reduce noise, vibration and harshness. Inside, it gets a new two-tiered dashboard that features a Multi-Information Display near the windshield that is controlled by buttons on the steering wheel. Other interior changes consist of new door armrests, minor changes to trim, and new features, including Bluetooth connectivity, a Blind Spot Monitoring System, and driver's seat memory for the Grand Touring model.
The 2010 Mazda CX-7 comes in four trim levels, i SV, i Sport, s Touring and s Grand Touring. The i models, which are offered only with front-wheel drive, come with a new 161-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a five-speed automatic transmission with manual shift capability. The s models have a 244-horsepower, turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, also with manual shift capability. Front-wheel drive is standard for s models and all-wheel drive is optional ($1700).
The Mazda CX-7 i SV ($22,500) comes standard with cloth upholstery, air conditioning, cruise control, power windows, power mirrors, power locks, remote keyless entry, six-way manually adjustable driver's seat, tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, four-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with automatic volume control and auxiliary input jack, Multi-Information Display with trip computer, outside temperature indicator, 60/40 split folding rear seatbacks, theft deterrent system, and P215/70R17 tires on alloy wheels. The CX-7 i Sport ($22,340) adds a Bluetooth wireless cell phone and streaming audio link, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and rear privacy glass.
Mazda CX-7 s Touring ($25,800) and AWD s Touring ($27,500) come with leather upholstery, heated front seats, eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat with lumbar adjustment, retractable cargo cover, and P235/60R18 tires.
Mazda CX-7 s Grand Touring ($31,185) and AWD s Grand Touring ($32,885) upgrade with automatic climate control, unique silver and piano black trim, driver's seat memory, four-way power passenger seat, keyless access and starting, electroluminescent gauges with indirect blue lighting, auto-dimming rearview mirror with a universal garage-door opener, navigation system, Bose Center Point surround sound with six-disc CD changer and nine speakers, Sirius satellite radio with six-month subscription, full-color Multi-Information Display with rearview camera display, rain-sensing wipers, fog lamps, automatic xenon high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, Blind Spot Monitoring System, heated outside mirrors with integrated turn-signals, and P235/55R19 tires.
Equipment available on higher line models is optional on lower line models. Other options include a DVD rear entertainment system ($1200), remote engine starting ($350), cargo net ($50), cargo tray ($70), all-weather floor mats ($80), front and rear mudguards ($150), Class II trailer receiver hitch with ($350) or without ($335) wiring harness, and wheel locks ($50).
Safety features on all models include dual frontal airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags (to minimize upper body injuries), front and rear side air curtains (to minimize head injuries) with extended inflation (for added protection in the event of a rollover) and a fold-away brake pedal assembly (to reduce threat of injury to the driver's feet in frontal crashes). All CX-7 models come with three-point seatbelts (so be sure to use them), tire-pressure monitor, and rear-seat child safety seat anchors (LATCH). To help drivers avoid accidents, the CX-7 comes standard with four-wheel antilock disc brakes (to permit steering the car under hard braking) with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist (to maximize stopping power in emergencies); plus electronic stability control (to correct for driver error in evasive maneuvers) and traction control (to improve traction and stability on slippery surfaces).