$23,750 – $28,000 MSRP
$22,225 – $26,188 Invoice
18 / 24 MPG City/Hwy
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The all-new CX-7 is Mazda's first home-grown Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV). It is a five-passenger vehicle aimed at buyers of sport sedans who need more space and SUV/CUV owners who want a vehicle with more style. The CX-7 is heralded by a sharply raked windshield and Mazda RX-8-inspired front styling, big alloy wheels, and a 244-hp, turbocharged engine.
For years, Mazda has featured re-badged Ford vehicles for their SUV/CUV lineup. Now, Mazda has created something that is truly its own. Though designed in conjunction with the Ford Edge and larger Mazda CX-9 SUVs, the CX-7 is a unique product, a purpose-built, five-passenger CUV. While most SUVs and CUVs are designed for families, the CX-7 is specifically aimed at coupees who don't have kids. It's sized for four adults-coupees and their friends-and is intended to be an alternative to a sports sedan for people who simply need to carry more stuff. (Mazda plans on steering families to the CX-9.)
Instead of a V-6, Mazda powers the CX-7 with a 2.3L turbocharged direct-injection four-cylinder from the MazdaSpeed 6. Its output is a V-6-like 244 hp at 5,000 RPM and 258 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,500 RPM. A 6-speed automatic transmission with manual control is standard equipment, and the CX-7 comes with front-wheel drive or an all-wheel-drive system that will automatically divert up to 50 percent of the engine's power to the rear wheels as road conditions demand. Both front- and all-wheel-drive versions come standard with anti-lock brakes, traction control, and an electronic stability control system.
The CX-7 is sold in Base, Touring, and Grand Touring trim levels. All versions get standard power windows, locks and mirrors, air conditioning, alloy wheels and six air bags. The top-of-the-line Grand Touring includes features such as HID headlights, leather seats, and automatic climate control.
The Mazda CX-7 competes in the Compact Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) segment, which consists of 20 models. Buyers in this segment look for fuel economy, reliability, and comfort, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Honda CR-V (170,028 units sold), Ford Escape (157,395), and Toyota RAV4 (152,047). The Mazda CX-7 sold 22,325 units in 2006 in its first year on the market. Other models offered in the Compact CUV segment include the Chrysler PT Cruiser, Chevrolet Equinox and HHR, Saturn Vue, and Scion xB. Joining the segment in 2007 are two Jeep models-the Compass and Patriot.
|Sport (A6)||6 speed automatic||$23,750||244-hp / 2.3L 4-cyl||19/24|
|Touring (A6)||6 speed automatic||$25,500||244-hp / 2.3L 4-cyl||19/24|
|Grand Touring (A6)||6 speed automatic||$26,300||244-hp / 2.3L 4-cyl||19/24|