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2009 Mazda CX-7

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2009 Mazda CX-7 Review

A crossover with sporty lines, brisk acceleration, and a quality interior.

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The 2009 Mazda CX-7 is a unique model within the crossover utility vehicles (CUV) range. It comes with a 244-hp turbo-charge, six-speed automatic transmission engine that is in front-wheel drive(FWD) and has an all-wheel drive (AWD) option as well.

The Range

Body Styles: Crossover SUV
Engines: turbo-charge, four-cylinder
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: CX-7 Sport, CX-7 Touring, CX-7 Grand Touring

What's New

The 2009 Mazda CX-7 remains mostly unchanged from the 2008 model year and is equipped with a 244-hp turbo engine, driving on a six-speed automatic transmission engine. It comes available as a FWD, though the AWD is available as an option, and it promises to deliver on both speed and fuel efficiency.

The 2009 model does include a few option and package modifications, such as the auto-dimming rear-view mirror, auxiliary audio jack as standard feature, and illuminating vanity mirrors.


The 2009 Mazda CX-7 is an attention grabber, with its sloping front end and sporty lines. It has an 8.1-inch ground clearance, a length of 184 inches, a width of 73.7 inches, and a height of 64.8 inches; all of which are sitting on a curb weight of 3710 pounds, except for the AWD option on all three trims, which are heavier at 3929 pounds. The glass sunroof also gives the CX-7 a sportier appeal with 18-inch aluminum wheels, foglights, and xenon headlights.


The 2009 Mazda CX-7 seats five and comes with great interior space for both passengers and cargo room. It has 40 inches of headroom, 58 inches of shoulder room, 55 inches of hip room, and 41.7 inches of legroom in the front. Meanwhile, the AWD version has 39.3 inches of headroom, 55.8 inches of shoulder room, 53 inches of hip room, and 36.4 inches of legroom in the rear.

It hauls a decent cargo capacity of 29.9 cubic feet and has a maximum cargo capacity of 58.6 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down. This is actually reasonable considering it is a SUV, but it is not on the top of the charts in cargo space compared to other vehicles in its class.

The 2009 CX-7 comes with other comfort fittings, such as the heated front seats for the Touring and Grand Touring trims, power steering, power windows and locks, cruise control, and the air-conditioning are standard on all of the trims, as well as a stereo system with a CD player and MP3 capability. All trim levels have an available options package that includes a sunroof, an upgraded nine-speaker stereo system with Bose surround-sound, Bluetooth, and satellite radio.

Performance & Handling

The 2009 Mazda CX-7 performs remarkably well, with a base engine of 2.3-liters, spewing 244 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. It is a FWD, six-speed engine with a running radius of 18.7 inches, is fitted with a dual overhead cam shaft (DOHC) and an intercooler turbo charger. The turbocharged four-cylinder engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift option. The CX-7 accelerates from zero to 60 mph in just 7.7 seconds and has an excellent braking system.


The 2009 Mazda CX-7 comes with safety controls that are at par with modern standards. It comes with a four-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) for traction control, front anti-roll bar for greater stability, a multi-link rear suspension, and rear anti-roll bar. It also has standard front and rear airbags and side mounted airbags.

The front airbags come with occupant sensing deactivation to protect small bodied passengers from injuries caused by a launching airbag. The front headrests are adjustable to protect the driver and passengers from impact injuries, especially whiplash.

EPA Fuel Economy

CX-7 FWD: 17/23 mpg city/highway
CX-7 AWD: 16/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Appealing body shape
  • Interior class and style
  • Combination of speed, safety, and fuel efficiency

You Won't Like

  • The slanted aerodynamic design cuts into cargo space
  • Engine noise at high speeds

Sum Up

A crossover with sporty lines, brisk acceleration, and a quality interior.

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