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2010 Mazda CX-7 i Sport FWD Review

Fun to Drive, Easy to Own

A three-quarter front view of a Copper Red 2010 Mazda CX-7 i Sport FWD

In short: A fun and affordable midsize crossover.

This no-nonsense crossover SUV offers excellent drivability and respectable fuel economy at a great price. Despite the CX-7's deceptively meager figures for horsepower and torque, we were pleased with how it handled on the freeway and displayed decent power out of the gates. In addition to its sporty and fuel-efficient inline-4, the CX-7 also features above-average handling and an intelligent interior, all at a price that belies the smart design and sophistication of this capable midsize crossover.

Read a review of the 2007 Mazda CX-7 Grand Touring AWD

Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile "bumper-to-bumper" warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty; 3-year/36,000-mile 24-hour roadside assistance

Base Price: $22,340 / As tested: $25,865

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door crossover

Engine: 2.5 liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine with VVT
Horsepower: 161 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 161 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed automatic with manual mode

Curb weight:
3,496 lbs
Wheelbase: 108.3 in
Length/Width/Height: 184.3/73.7/64.8 in
Turning circle: 37.4 ft

4-wheel disc brakes with ABS; electronic brakeforce distribution; brake assist
Suspension: MacPherson strut front with stabilizer bar; multi-link rear with stabilizer bar

Traction: traction control system; dynamic stability control

0-60 mph: 9.8 seconds
Top Speed: 110 mph

EPA City:
20 mpg
EPA Highway: 28 mpg

advanced dual front airbags; front side-impact airbags; front and rear side curtains with roll-over protection

Likes: great storage areas; value; ease of driving

Dislikes: not much to report!


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