Mazda CX-7 Owner's Manuals
The 2012 Mazda CX-7 still has a lot of positive features. The car still looks quite sporty, and there’s material behind that sheet metal, as the CX-7 drives quite well. Steering and handling are exceptionally good, and test drive results are also in line with recent compact SUVs, which is nothing short of encouraging.
The Mazda CX-7’s ride is also quite good: comfortable, but never nervous and by no means dazed. The vehicle manages to find that fine line between sport and comfort, which its other competitors often overlook.
Where the CX-7 turns out to be obsolete is under the hood. The base engine is comparatively low-powered by today’s standards, and the CX-7 itself is a bit heavy. The CX-7 with front-wheel drive weighs about as much as the Honda CR-V with all-wheel drive. For these reasons, it’s slow and not particularly fuel efficient. Switching to a much more powerful turbocharged engine leaves the four-cylinder competition far behind and gives the CX-7 the same acceleration as the V6. However, it comes at the expense of even worse fuel economy – actually the lowest in its class.
By no means should you underestimate the interior of the 2012 Mazda CX-7, which, while quite attractive, is starting to “bite” the wallet a bit. The materials used aren’t really impressive, the features certainly need updating, and the CX-7 lacks any more creative and comfortable seating solutions for the new SUV in the second row. Sure, there’s a navigation system, but it has an unusually small screen and a fancy interface. You can make calls and stream music from your smartphone via Bluetooth, but there’s no factory USB port.