- suv 42,000
- 15,900 overpriced
- Davenport, IA
- 5 years
- suv 42,000 gasoline black automatic
2011 mazda cx-7 review this car review is specific to this model, not the actual vehicle for sale. Swoopy five-seat crossover is enjoyable. introductionthe mazda cx-7 is sporty, svelte, and distinctive, while still being functional, roomy, and comfortable, with decent interior space and all the right safety equipment. The cx-7 excels in cornering, something mazdas are known for. the cx-7 is in its fifth year, introduced for 2007 when crossovers (suvs with the chassis of a car, not truck) were a new idea. They offer the suv high seating position and cargo capacity, with the more agile steering and smoother ride of a car. Also, fuel mileage is better than with a heavier and boxier truck-based suv. The cx-7 was revised for 2010, with increased body rigidity, stiffened dampers, and reduced noise, vibration and harshness. Inside, it got a new dashboard with electronic equipment upgrades. It's smooth and works well with the 5-speed automatic transmission, well enough that the costlier and more complex 6-speed isn't needed, reserved instead for the sportier turbo. the turbocharged engine has more midrange power than the base engine, making passing a much easier prospect. Power builds smoothly from a standstill. The 6-speed automatic transmission shifts well and adapts well to different driving situations with impressive torque at low engine speeds. the base engine is epa rated at 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway. The interior makes no less of a statement than the exterior. Some design features work well, others not so well. Overall, the cx-7 interior seems chunky and a bit complicated, not as friendly and functional as the honda cr-v and the toyota rav4. in interior space, the mazda falls between cr-v and rav4 in front-seat legroom and rear-seat headroom, but has the least rear-seat legroom by a substantial two inches, with 36. 4 inches. The kia sportage beats the cx-7 too, with 37. 9 inches. In cargo space with the rear seat folded, the cx-7 is a distant third behind the honda and toyota, but it beats the kia. over rough pavement, the suspension is firm while not being stiff, but sharp bumps can be harsh. And despite good engine compartment and underbody insulation, the tires transmit road noise into the cabin, which otherwise is fairly quiet. Equipment available on higher line models is optional on lower line models. safety features on all models include dual frontal airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags (to minimize upper body injuries), front and rear side air curtains (to minimize head injuries) with extended inflation (for added protection in the event of a rollover) and a fold-away brake pedal assembly (to reduce threat of injury to the driver's feet in frontal crashes). All cx-7 models come with three-point seatbelts (so be sure to use them), tire-pressure monitor, and rear-seat child safety seat anchors (latch). The bulbous fenders are inspired by the rx-8 sports car. The headlights jut into the tops of the fenders, and mazda uses a small grille above the bumper. This leaves substantial mass below the bumper line that's lightened by a black eggcrate grille flanked by large air intakes, that double as housings for the foglamps on some models. the side view appeals with wheels pushed to the corners and a super-fast windshield sweeping back over tautly drawn side glass. Side mirrors separate the front door glass from an odd-looking, wind-wing-like, but fixed, tiny piece of glass at the base of the a-pillar. The beltline rises as it moves rearward, kicking up just before the severely blistered rear wheelwell before tucking in between the steeply sloped backlight and the sculpted back end. Full-round, easy-to-grab door handles ride the crest of a soft bulge connecting the tops of the fenders. An understated crease highlights the lower door panels, skipping over the rear tires to continue around the bottom fold of the rear bumper. the rear aspect is plain, with a modest optional spoiler sitting atop the backlight, itself resting in a gentle dip in the liftgate. A large, seamless bumper stretches the width of the back end, above single (for i models) or dual exhaust tips (for s models). interiorthe interior of the mazda cx-7 makes no less of a statement than the exterior, and with much the same result. Some design features work well, others not so well. Overall, the cx-7 seems chunky and a bit complicated, and not as friendly and functional as the honda cr-v and the toyota rav4. the two-part dash for example. The upper part is a ridge stretching across the top of the dash that's supposed to make the front seat passenger feel included in the interior's dynamic. The mid screen is only 4. 1 inches diagonally, though, making the image from the rearview camera and the navigation screen a bit hard to see. There's no turn-by-turn display with the navigation (or if so we never saw it), but it wasn't confusing to program, at least. functions on the mid are controlled by five buttons on the right side of the steering wheel. The navigation system, too, can be controlled at the steering wheel. It takes some getting used.
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