With ample cargo room, versatility, and the MAZDA performance pedigree built into its DNA, the 2012 MAZDA CX-7 crossover delivers both fun and functionality.
The lineup for this midsize, five-passenger crossover starts with the front wheel drive i SV (MSRP $22,190) and also includes i Sport, i Touring, s Touring and s Grand Touring. The i Sport comes rife with features, such as 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, remote keyless entry and chrome-tipped exhaust. The range is capped off with the all-wheel drive s Grand Touring, with standard 19-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers and vivid Xenon headlights. All models feature Mazda’s sports-car-inspired styling, including sharply-raked headlights, a gaping front grille and a sloping rear hatch. Edmunds.com recently wrote the “Mazda CX-7 could be described as the jock of the compact-crossover class.… it's good looking and far more exciting when you're behind the wheel."
Athletic styling is backed up with a selection of four-cylinder engines combining performance and fuel economy. Models with the “i" designation feature a 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder making 161 hp and 161 lb/ft of torque. The 2.5-liter returns up to 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway through a five-speed automatic transmission. Those opting for “s” models get a turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-four putting out 244 hp and 258 lb/ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission routes power to the front wheels. The available All Wheel Drive is a must-have for those who demand the most out of their CX-7.Towing capacity is up to 2,000 pounds when properly equipped.
The unibody construction of the CX-7 delivers a lighter, more rigid platform than what is found in a body-on-frame vehicle of the same size. This firm chassis is complemented by speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion steering, front MacPherson struts and a rear multi-link suspension, resulting in a supremely fun and involved driving experience. A ride down a windy back road or even to the corner store can put a smile on your face.
Inside, the CX-7 cabin is both attractive and functional. The sleek simplicity of the gauges and controls is met with useful technology, like the Multi-Information Display (MID). This display comes standard as a 3.5-inch unit and provides trip computer and maintenance readouts. On up-rated trims, the MID is a 4.1-inch color screen that incorporates a backup camera and navigation, which is standard on the Grand Touring. Sport, Touring and Grand Touring models offer the added benefit of Bluetooth hands-free calling, plus wireless streaming of music from your smartphone. Additionally, the available auxiliary audio port allows for any portable music device to connect to the CX-7. For the audiophiles out there, Mazda offers an available nine-speaker Bose stereo system, featuring a six-disc changer and Centerpoint® technology.
Safety is a prime element of the CX-7, as evidenced by the standard front and side airbags, Antilock Brake System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist, Dynamic Stability Control and Traction Control System. Other standard safety features include triple-H body construction with side impact door beams, and a collapsible steering column. Standard on the range-topping Grand Touring model is the Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) system. This feature monitors the area on either side of the car and warns the driver, with a signal on the side mirror, when it detects vehicles there, even those the driver can’t see.
Regardless of trim selected, the CX-7 rewards drivers with a spirited ride and all five-passengers with a spacious cabin that includes 58.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat down.
There are many crossovers on the market, but only one offers the utility you need with driving enjoyment of a Mazda. Test drive the 2012 CX-7, and be reminded how much fun driving can be.