2012 Mazda CX-7 Overview
The 2012 Mazda CX-7 stands out in the crossover crowd for its solid engine power, sporty ride and responsive steering. The CX-7 i is available in three trim levels, and the turbo model CX-7 s has two available trim levels.
The CX-7 is available with two engines and two automatic transmissions. The CX-7 i comes with a 161-horsepower, 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine, a five-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift mode, which drives the front wheels. The CX-7 x is equipped with a 244-horsepower, turbocharged 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine, six-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift mode, and is available in front- or all-wheel drive.
The CX-7 i has a fuel economy rating of 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, and runs on regular unleaded gasoline. The CX-7 s prefers premium gasoline, and gets 17 to 18 mpg in the city and 21 to 24 mpg on the highway.
The CX-7 provides seating for five, with a standard six-way manual driver’s seat, a four-way manual front passenger seat, and a 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback in cloth upholstery. An eight-way power driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar support and four-way power front passenger seat, heated front seats, leather upholstery, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob are available. The rear cargo area provides 29.9 cubic feet of storage with the rear seats up, and 58.6 cubic feet of storage with the rear seats folded. The standard air conditioning with pollen filter can be upgraded to an automatic climate control system. Power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, and cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls are standard. The base audio system includes an MP3-compatible CD-player, four speakers, an audio input jack, and steering wheel mounted audio controls. A premium Bose surround sound system with six-disc CD-changer, nine speakers, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio is available, as is Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio capability. A navigation system with color display may be added to the CX-7 s Grand Touring model.
The CX-7 looks more like a sports car than SUV, with an aggressive front end, large front air dam, and long, low-slung roof. The rear features a roof-mounted rear spoiler, body-color rear bumper with corner reflectors, and the single or available dual exhaust with chrome tips. Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights and fog lights are available. Body-color door handles are featured on most models, with chrome door handles on the CX-7 s Grand Touring model. An available power sliding-glass moonroof includes a one-touch-open feature and interior sunshade. Seventeen-inch aluminum-alloy wheels come standard, and can be upgraded to 18- or 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.
The CX-7 comes equipped with front airbags, front side-impact and side-curtain airbags that include rollover protection, and active front headrests. The collapsible steering column, side-impact door beams, and foldaway brake pedal assembly provided added occupant safety in the event of a collision. Anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist, electronic stability and traction control are included. A back-up camera is an option, and a blind spot monitoring system is available on the CX-7 s Grand Touring.
For drivers in the market for the functionality of a crossover vehicle, but not willing to give on driving performance, the 2012 Mazda CX-7 merits serious consideration.