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2010 Mazda CX-7 Review

Stylish crossover SUV with lots of pep and power

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In a Nutshell
The 2010 Mazda CX-7 is a crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV) that boasts sporty driving ability in three trim levels: i SV, i Sport, s Touring, and s Grand Touring. Whether you choose the 2.5-liter I-4 or the 2.3-liter turbocharged I-4 engine, the Mazda CX-7 is available with either a five-speed or six-speed automatic transmission and front- or all-wheel drive.

The Mazda CX-7 features sport handling on curves or straight-aways, which has been improved using new dampers with oil flow openings. With its sleek exterior, raked windshield, and posh interior, the CX-7 sports an attention-getting design. Safety is not an issue due to its excellent safety ratings but its fuel economy is just average, coming in at 20 mpg city / 28 mpg highway.

New for 2010

For 2010, the Mazda CX-7 received a refreshed exterior and interior, as well as a new 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-four cylinder engine that gets better gas mileage than previous engines. In addition, with the use of thicker materials, reinforcements, and weld bonds, the CX-7 exhibits a five percent increase in its torsion rigidity. With higher density insulation throughout the engine compartment and cabin, the CX-7 now has greater interior comfort and quietness. Finally, the SV trim level is introduced.


Engines: 2.5L I-4, 2.3L turbocharged I-4
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic, 5-speed automatic
Body Style: Crossover SUV
Trims: I SV Sport Utility, I Sport Sport Utility, S Touring Sport Utility, S Grand Touring Sport Utility

On the Outside

The exterior of the Mazda CX-7 is distinguished by a bold five point Mazda grille and a redesigned rear end. CX-7 Grand Touring trim has new front foglight bezels and restyled 17-, 18-, and 19-inch alloy wheels.

From the Inside

Inside, the 2010 Mazda CX-7 sports redesigned cloth seats and steering wheel, Multi-Information Display with audio indicators, and a larger double roof instrument panel. Also standard are a four-speaker stereo system, air conditioning, and power windows.

Driving Performance

The Mazda CX-7's engines are powerful and responsive but not as fuel efficient as the competition. The all-wheel drive option with the 2.3-liter turbo engine should appeal to soft-roaders and towers, while city dwellers will like the two-wheel drive version with a less powerful 2.5-liter engine.

Safety Equipment

Standard safety equipment on the Mazda CX-7 includes driver and passenger front and side airbags, front side curtains, a fold away collapsible brake pedal assembly, and side impact beams.

Gas Mileage

i SV, Sport (FWD): 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway
i Touring, i Grand Touring (FWD): 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway
i Touring, i Grand Touring (AWD): 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway


  • Sharp styling
  • Sporty handling
  • Firm, comfortable ride
  • Excellent safety ratings


  • So-so fuel economy
  • Lack of back up camera


Stylish crossover SUV with lots of pep and power

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