The Mazda CX-7 is classified as a crossover SUV model and is manufactured by Mazda. The production version of this vehicle is called the MX-Crossport concept car. The CX-7 was originally produced in 2006 in Hiroshima, Japan, which is also the location of the company’s headquarters. The public got to see the CX-7 for the first time at the Los Angeles Auto Show in January of 2006. Production of this vehicle started up on February 20 at Mazda’s Ujina #2 factory in Hiroshima. This car finally went on sale in the spring of 2006 as the 2007 model.
Although the CX-7 and CX-9 are very similar to each other in certain aspects, they do not share the same platform. The CX-7 has the same platform as the Mazda MPV minivan as well as the rear suspension of the Mazda5. This vehicle has the same turbocharged inline-4 engine as the Mazdaspeed6 as well as a 6-speed automatic transmission. The CX-7 experienced average sales but nothing spectacular, slotted between the compact and midsize crossovers. The 2012 model of this car made the way for the release of the CX-5 which was built with a far more efficient powertrain as well as more interior room than the CX-7.
The CX-7 uses a 2.3 liter straight-4 MZR engine which was also used in the Mazdaspeed3 as well as the Mazdaspeed6 and also uses a 6-speed Aisin automatic transmission and is tuned to produce a total of 244 horsepower or 182 kW and 258 pound-feet of torque. The Mazdaspeed3 and Mazdaspeed 6 use the MZR 2.3 liter DISI turbocharged engine which is also in the CX-7, delivering more torque at a lower rpm which results in less turbo lag off the line. This was the direct result of the smaller K04 turbocharger.
There are a number of impressive features on the CX-7, including its fully independent suspension as well as 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes and anti-lock which come standard. This car also has stability control and traction control, which played an important part in its high safety score when it was put through rigorous crash tests. The CX-7 also comes with the option of front-wheel drive or Mazda’ Active Torque-Split all-wheel-drive system. The Active Torque-Split system is design with two computer-controlled magnetic clutches which feed up to half of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels. The combined fuel economy of the Australian version of this vehicle is 11.5 liter/100 km or 24 mpg.
In 2010 there were four different trim levels available with this vehicle, including the iSV, which is the base version, along with the iSport, s Touring, and sGrand Touring. Just the Touring and Grand Touring models of this vehicle can be purchased with all-wheel drive and these two trims come with the 2.3 liter turbocharged engines, while the SV and Sport trims are available only with the 2.5 liter MZR naturally aspirated DOHC 4-cylinder.
The Canadian models of this vehicle include the GS front-wheel drive, GS all-wheel drive, GT front-wheel drive, and GT all-wheel drive. The Australian models of this vehicle include the CX-7 Classic (basic trim) and the CX-7 Luxury (top-end trim). The exterior design of the CX-7 was updated in 2010 to include revised front and rear fascias and a much larger 5-point grille design in the front, resembling that of the RX-8 and the Mazda3/Axela. Some of the new interior features that were added to this vehicle in 2010 include the redesigned gauges with blackout meters along with a 3.5” super-twisted nematic monochrome and 4.1” thin-film transistor. There were quite a few updates to this vehicle and although it is no longer produced, the CX-7 was a tremendously popular car overall.