The 2024 Mazda CX-7 is a mid-size crossover SUV from Mazda and the production version of the MX-Crossport concept car. The 2024 Mazda CX-7 is placed below the larger Mazda CX-9, and the tools did not share platforms. Instead, the Mazda CX-7 used the Ford C1 platform, which formed the basis of the Ford Focus and Mazda3. The 2024 CX-7 was discontinued in August 2012 in favor of the new Mazda CX-5.
The 2024 Mazda CX-7 ride is pretty rough and road noise is evident. Fuel economy averaged a mediocre 18 mpg in our tests. The interior is well put together but some materials feel cheap. Hard front seats are generally supportive. The rear seat is not too wide and too low. The optional backup camera is an asset but compromises the navigation system radio controls. The steering wheel of the pre-facelift Mazda CX-7 is shared with the third-generation Mazda MX-5 and Biante.
The Mazda CX-7 2024 variants are fully independent suspension, four-wheel ventilated disc brakes with standard anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and traction control, and front-wheel drive or Mazda’s all-wheel drive with Active Torque Split. Most versions feature a troublesome turbocharged four-cylinder engine; A non-turbocharged version was available later.
Mazda CX-7 : Interior
The sporty style of the Mazda CX-7 carries over into the interior, where the sharp yet functional cabin provides a more visually refreshing ambiance than would be expected from a crossover SUV. The sporty three-spoke steering wheel is reminiscent of the one found on the Miata, while the instrument cluster is similar to that on the RX-8. Build quality and ergonomics are very good, although some may find the positioning of the radio and air conditioning screens unreasonable, as their location above the dash is separated from their respective controls.
Wide hip and headroom keep the Mazda CX-7 occupants comfortable even when all five seats are occupied. However, the rear legroom isn’t on par with that of the main competitors, especially the Forester. Behind the second-row seat is about 30 cubic feet of cargo space. The maximum capacity is approximately 59 cubic meters, which is 10 cubic meters less than the class-leading RAV4, Forester and CR-V.
Mazda CX-7 : Engine
For the 2024 Mazda CX-7 power comes from the same 2.3 L inline-4 MZR L3-VDT DISI engine used in the Mazdaspeed3 and Mazdaspeed6 coupled with a six-speed Aisin F21 automatic transmission and tuned to produce 244 hp or 182 kW (175 kW for the Australian model). 5000 rpm and 258 lb·ft (350 N·m) torque at low 2500 rpm, 99% of maximum torque available at 5000 rpm. The MZR 2.3L DISI turbo engine has been retuned in the North American spec CX-7 to deliver torque at a lower rpm for less turbo lag from the line at the expense of power. This was achieved thanks to the redesigned, smaller K04 turbocharger. UK specification CX-7s featured the same, larger K04 turbocharger and transmission found in the Mazdaspeed range. The CX-7 shares the front suspension of the Mazda MPV minivan and the rear suspension of the Mazda5.
Mazda CX-7 : Safety
Anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags, and side curtain airbags come standard on all trim levels. In crash testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Mazda CX-7 performed brilliantly, earning the top five stars in both frontal and side crashes. Similarly, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2024 Mazda CX-7 the highest rating for both frontal offset and side-impact crash durability. In our own braking test, the CX-7s performed excellently for a compact crossover, with no slowdowns from 100 km/h at just 113 feet.