The first model of this Mazda SUV was introduced in 2007. It was with this model when Mazda joined the compact crossover market for the first time. So they had to come away with something special if they wanted to succeed on the market. They combined an aggressive design and turbocharged engine that made the CX-7 the sportiest offering at this segment of the market. But this first didn’t lived up to expectations as its sales weren’t as high as the Mazda Company expectations.
The second generation of the Mazda CX-7 came in 2010. This model had some minor changes in the design, but Mazda introduced multiple engine choices. This latest CX-7 model comes in 5 trim packages: iSV, iSport, sTouring, iTouring, sTouring. All five packages are equipped with automatic transmission system. The “i” models are equipped with 2.5L 4-cylinder engines, and have a fuel economy of 20 MPG in cities/ 28 MPG on a highway. The “s” models are equipped with 2.3L 4-cylinder engine, and have a fuel economy of 18 MPG in cities/ 24 MPG on a highway. The 2.5L engine produces a horse power of 161, and the 2.3L turbocharged engine produces 244 horse powers.
This Mazda CX-7 model is equipped with lots of high technology safety features, such as: traction and stability control, antilock brakes with brake assist, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. According to the crash tests performed in 2010 the CX-7 was awarded 5-star rating for both front and side collisions.
The interior design of the car provides a more visually interesting environment than one might expect from a crossover SUV. Build quality and ergonomics are both very good, although some might find the radio controls a bit complicated compared to other vehicles. This vehicle is full with passenger space. Even if the vehicle is filled with 5 passengers, it doesn’t decrease the passenger comfort.
When the handling and braking performance are taken to account, the Mazda CX-7 lived up to its sporty expectations. The vehicle has a remarkable stability while cornering, which puts the CX-7 in commanding position over its competition.
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