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The Mazda CX-7: Is it for you?

Based off the concept car MX-Crossport, the Mazda CX-7 went into production between 2007 and 2012. It first appeared in 2006 at the Los Angeles Auto Show and began production a month after the event. Ever since the Navajo stopped production, the CX-7 was Mazda’s first foray into the mid-size SUV segment. Succeeding the Mazda Tribute and succeeded by the CX-5, the CX-7 shares similarities with the CX-9, Mazda 5, MPV minivan, and the Mazdaspeed6. In 2010, the CX-7 received an update. Mazda decided to take the CX-7 out of its lineup because it fell between the mid-size and compact crossovers, cleaning up its roster for efficiency. And though the CX-7 is officially classified as a mid-size crossover SUV, many automotive sources consider it as a soft-roader as well.

Pros

With the update on the Mazda CX-7, a diesel engine replaced the turbo petrol engine to offer more fuel economy. At the same time, it was re-engineered to take advantage of improved rigidity in the torso as well as refinement for better overall ride and handling. With these changes, the CX-7 was able to join a more level playing field with its European rivals.

While a diesel engine makes for a very powerful unit that can take you anywhere, there may be concerns about emission levels when it is used. Fortunately, the CX-7 is fitted with one of the greenest diesel engines around in UK, making use of the Adblue injection system that works to break down urea into nitrogen oxides in exhaust gases.

The new diesel engine on the CX-7 is more appropriate for it than the old turbo petrol unit so it’s like saying the car now is more complete. Like a hot hatch that’s been jacked up, the CX-7 has improved suspension and has impressive agility for a big SUV. There are still some jitters at low speed and road noise can’t be ignored when you’re on the motorway but otherwise the CX-7 delivers pretty well. Acceleration is a bit modest though, going from 0 to 62mph within 11.3 seconds.

For the dramatic flair it has outside, the CX-7 is actually quite sensible as a family car. For one, it can fit three adults at the back, though it is most comfortable as a four-seater. Rear seats split and fold too offer more space as needed.

Cons

The new diesel engine on the Mazda CX-7 is capable of offering 171bhp at 3,500rpm, complemented by an impressive torque of 295lb ft. at 2,000rpm. However, it only comes with a six-speed manual gearbox. No automatic gearboxes for the CX-7 so you should look the other way if you prefer auto transmission.

Additionally, there’s just one trim level to choose from. Actually, that means there’s not going to be much choosing involved. While it’s high-spec and competitively priced, having just one trim level available to you somehow limits how capable a car is will be in addressing your needs. And given that it’s a high-spec model, there should be better quality where interiors are involved. With what the CX-7 has, it just can’t compete with the likes of Audi, Infiniti, and Land Rover.

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A History of the Mazda CX-7

When Mazda debuted the MX-Crossport concept at the North American International Auto show of 2005, it did so with a vision of expanding its identity to include a powerful crossover SUV among its brands. The resulting product: Mazda CX-7. The CX-7 was introduced to the public at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show as the company’s reintroduction into the mid-size SUV segment. Production lasted from 2007 to 2012, and was succeeded by the smaller and efficient CX-5.

The MX-Crossport concept was designed by Chief Designer Iwao Koizumi at Mazda’s studio in Hiroshima, Japan, and combined features from the RX-8 sports car with the practicality of sports-utility vehicles. The result is an SUV that was beyond its contemporaries. The developments to the design ended with the CX-7: a sporty vehicle that carried highly functional interiors. The CX-7 used the Mazda6 platform, including suspension and transmission systems. For an SUV, the CX-7 was quite capable as an off-roader with impressive rear-wheel traction and a powerful engine.

In 2010, the CX-7 underwent a facelift in conjunction with Mazda’s other brands: the RX-8, MX-5 and the Mazda 3. Interior and exterior features were replaced and added to the original, including front and rear fascia and technology upgrades.

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