2007 Mazda CX-7

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2007 Mazda CX-7 Review

Note: This review was created when the 2007 Mazda CX-7 was new.

The CX-7 delivers a fun, sporty ride in a distinctive-looking, safe and functional crossover SUV package. If you're in the market for an affordable crossover SUV, you should also consider the sleek Nissan Murano and Ford Edge, or the more traditionally-styled Honda Pilot and GMC Acadia. For a larger crossover option from Mazda, consider the all-new seven-passenger CX-9.

Pros & Cons

  • Car-like handling
  • Powerful turbocharged engine
  • Excellent crash test scores
  • Distinctive styling sets it apart from its class
  • Cramped rear seat
  • "Un-boxy" design creates less usable cargo space and interior storage than most other midsize SUVs

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Mazda CX-7 has a score of 8.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 58 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 7.3
Safety: 9.3
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2007 Mazda CX-7 Overview

Auto reviewers see the all new 2007 Mazda CX-7 crossover as a successful combination of sporty looks and performance with SUV functionality. The Detroit News calls it "one of the most exciting vehicles of the '07 model year, a true creature of the new millennium that works hard to combine the best of several vehicle segments." In fact, the CX-7 borrows elements from the Mazda5, Mazda3, Ford Focus and Ford Edge, prompting AutoWeek to call it "a parts-bin wonder, but a wonderful sum of all parts."

One of Consumer Guide's "Recommended" cars, the CX-7 is a performance crossover with a turbocharged engine that reviewers say makes for a fun driving experience. USA TODAY writes, "For the sporty-minded, it sets the standard for so-called crossover-utility vehicles." Kelley Blue Book calls the CX-7 a "sleek, five-passenger SUV with the heart of a sports car" and notes it has the "handling of a car with the high seating position and spacious cargo hold of a large SUV, but without the larger vehicle's penalties for fuel economy and maneuverability." While the CX-7 boasts many positive attributes, many reviewers still wish it had a roomier interior, a more comfortable rear seat, higher fuel economy, and an available manual transmission.

With a base price under $25,000, experts generally see the CX-7 as a good buy, with AutoWeek noting, "This is a great car for the money, especially when compared to its competition" -- an even more pertinent point considering that the CX-7 offers many of the same features as much more expensive competitors, such as the Acura RDX. The New York Times similarly comments, "The jaunty CX-7 looks good under any circumstances, and...it looks like a good value, too." IntelliChoice gives the 2007 CX-7 an "average" value rating for its predicated five-year total cost of ownership, compared to vehicles in its class.


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