Mazda CX-7

The Mazda CX-7 is a mid-size crossover SUV from Mazda, and is the production version of the MX-Crossport concept car. It was shown publicly for the first time at the 2006 LA Auto Show in January. Production officially began on February 20, 2006 in Mazda's Ujina #2 factory in Hiroshima, and went on sale in April 2006 as a model for 2007. The CX-7 was Mazda's first mid size SUV, since the Navajo was discontinued in 1994.

Mazda CX-7
ProductionFebruary 2006 August 2012[1]
AssemblyJapan: Hiroshima (Hiroshima Plant)
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size crossover SUV (D-Suv)
Body style5-door SUV
Wheelbase108.3 in (2750 mm)
  • 184.1 in (4,676 mm) (2007-2009)
  • 184.3 in (4,681 mm) (2010-2012)
Width73.7 in (1,872 mm)
Height64.8 in (1,646 mm)
Curb weight3,929 lb (1,782 kg)

It was positioned below the larger Mazda CX-9; the vehicles did not share platforms.[2] The CX-7 was discontinued in August 2012 in favor of the new Mazda CX-5.[3][4][5]


Engine and transmission

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 (Australian model 175 kW) at 5000 rpm and 258 lb·ft (350 N·m) of torque at a low 2500 rpm, 99% of the maximum torque is available to 5000 rpm.

The MZR 2.3L DISI turbo engine was retuned in the North American specification CX-7 to deliver torque at a lower rpm for less turbo lag off the line, at the cost of power. This was achieved thanks to a redesigned, smaller K04 turbocharger. United Kingdom specification CX-7s featured the same, larger K04 turbocharger and transmission found in the Mazdaspeed line.


The CX-7 shares the front suspension of the Mazda MPV minivan, and the rear suspension from the Mazda5.


The pre facelift CX-7's steering wheel is shared with the third generation Mazda MX-5 and the Biante.

Model range, prices and features

The CX-7 features fully independent suspension, four wheel ventilated disc brakes with standard anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, and traction control, and a choice of either front-wheel drive, or Mazda's Active Torque-Split all-wheel drive system. With the Active Torque Split system, two computer controlled magnetic clutches feed up to 50% of the engine's torque to the rear wheels.

The Australian combined cycle official fuel economy is 11.5 L/100 km (25 mpgimp; 20.5 mpgUS), similar to the Holden Captiva.[6] But real world fuel economy is nearer to 18.0 L/100 km (15.7 mpgimp; 13.1 mpgUS), as much or more than the Ford Territory.[6][7]

As of the model of 2010, there are four trim levels (model), iSV, iSport, sTouring, and sGrand Touring in ascending equipment levels. Touring and Grand Touring models are available with all wheel drive and are offered with the 2.3L turbocharged engines. SV and Sport trims come with a 2.5 L MZR L5-VE naturally aspirated DOHC inline four engine.

Canadian models included GS Front Wheel Drive, GS All Wheel Drive, GT Front Wheel Drive, GT All Wheel Drive. Australian models (AWD only) included "CX-7 Classic" Base trim and "CX-7 Luxury" upper trim. Models for the United Kingdom (AWD only) were not offered at the same time and included 2.3T and 2.2D 'Sport Tech'.


The front and rear exterior fascias were revised with the front adopting the larger five point grille design similar in appearance to the contemporary RX-8, MX-5 and Mazda3/Axela.

The interior gauges were revised, with blackout meters that featured three dimensional dials, a 3.5 inch super twisted nematic (STN) monochrome and 4.1 inch thin film transistor (TFT) color Multi Information Display (MID), (positioned at the top of the instrument panel), Bluetooth compatibility, and a Blind Spot Monitoring System. The car was unveiled at the February 2009 Canadian International AutoShow.[8][9] The diesel version included a manual transmission, and was sold in Europe from 2009 to 2012.[10]

Pre facelift styling

Post facelift styling

Offroad capabilities

While officially classed as a 'Mid size crossover SUV', the Mazda CX-7 is considered as a 'Soft Roader' by [11] automotive sources. The CX-7 featured an active torque split four wheel drive system, which sends up to 50% of the torque to the rear wheels on a slippery surface, to ensure a consistency of grip.

Technical specifications

ModelYearsTypePower, torque@rpm
United States models
CX-7 i2009–122,488 cc (2.488 L; 151.8 cu in) I4161 bhp (120 kW)@6000, 161 lb⋅ft (218 N⋅m)@3500
CX-7 s2009–122,260 cc (2.26 L; 138 cu in) I4 turbo244 bhp (182 kW)@5000,[12] 258 lb⋅ft (350 N⋅m)@2500
United Kingdom models
2.3 MZR DISI Turbo2007–92,260 cc (2.26 L; 138 cu in) I4 turbo256 bhp (191 kW)@5000, 280 lb⋅ft (380 N⋅m)@2750
2.2 MZR-CD Turbo Diesel2009–122,183 cc (2.183 L; 133.2 cu in) I4 turbo-diesel170 bhp (130 kW)@3500, 295 lb⋅ft (400 N⋅m)@2000
Australian models
Classic2009–122,488 cc (2.488 L; 151.8 cu in) I4161 bhp (120 kW)@6000, 161 lb⋅ft (218 N⋅m)@3500
Classic Sports2009–122,260 cc (2.26 L; 138 cu in) I4 turbo235 bhp (175 kW)@5000, 258 lb⋅ft (350 N⋅m)@2500
Luxury Sports2009–122,260 cc (2.26 L; 138 cu in) I4 turbo235 bhp (175 kW)@5000, 258 lb⋅ft (350 N⋅m)@2500
Diesel Sports2009–122,183 cc (2.183 L; 133.2 cu in) I4 turbo-diesel170 bhp (130 kW)@3500, 295 lb⋅ft (400 N⋅m)@2000
Japanese models
2.3 MZR DISI Turbo2009–122,260 cc (2.26 L; 138 cu in) I4 turbo244 bhp (182 kW)@5000, 258 lb⋅ft (350 N⋅m)@2500

Engine choices include 2.5 litre MZR four cylinder engine, that produces 161 hp (120 kW) and 161 lb⋅ft (218 N⋅m) of torque and the same MZR 2.3L DISI Turbo engine from before. Transmission is a five speed automatic for the 2.5, and a six speed automatic for the 2.3 DISI Turbo engine.



Euro NCAP test results for a model of 2010:

Euro NCAP test results
Mazda CX-7 (2010)[13]
Test Points %
Adult occupant: 27.5 76%
Child occupant: 38.7 79%
Pedestrian: 15.6 43%
Safety assist: 5 71%

NHTSA safety ratings for a model of 2007:[14]

Test Rating
Front driver side
Front passenger side
Side barrier (driver)
side barrier (rear passenger)
Rollover (4x2)
Rollover (4x4)

IIHS safety ratings for a model of 2012:[15]

Test Rating
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Marginal
Head restraint & seats Marginal



Initially, it was expected the CX-7 nameplate would be reused on an all new seven seater based on a stretched Mazda CX-5, due to the growing popularity of three row crossovers.[19] However, in mid 2017, Mazda instead announced the Mazda CX-8 three row crossover, which is essentially a long wheelbase version of the second generation CX-5, and was released in Japan on September 14, 2017.


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