2012 Mazda CX-7 Review
The Mazda CX-7 was introduced at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show, and it was officially made available in the spring as a 2007 model. This 2012, the Mazda CX-7 is on its last model year to give way to the equally capable Mazda CX-5. Power comes courtesy of either a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder or a turbocharged 2.3-liter engine.
The BuyingAdvice Team Says:
The 2012 Mazda CX-7 is still one of the most brilliant small SUVs in terms of handling, but with the release of the 2013 Mazda CX-5, the choice just got a lot tougher. Still, Mazda dealers are offering the best deals for the outgoing 2012 Mazda CX-7, so you better check this out if you are looking for value.
What’s New For 2012:
The Mazda CX-7 remains unchanged for the 2012 model year.
What is the Predicted Reliability:
In the Initial Quality Study of J.D. Power and Associates, the 2012 Mazda CX-7 received 5 out of 5 in body and interior quality, and got 4 out of 5 in overall powertrain quality. Models that were manufactured between 2007 and 2008 had significant problems in the engine and air conditioning systems, but all of these were fixed beginning with the 2009 model.
Analysis Of Safety Ratings And Features:
The 2012 Mazda CX-7 was not yet tested by the NHTSA, but it got the highest score of ‘Good’ in front-offset and side impact crash tests from the IIHS. Safety equipment includes stability control, traction control and front side/side curtain airbags.
Pros and Cons:
+ Excellent handling
+ Strong brakes
+ Powerful 2.3-liter turbocharged engine
- Cheap-looking interior
- Weak bas engine
The Volkswagen Tiguan costs around $600 more but it does have a nicer interior and more powerful bas engine than the Mazda CX-7. The Kia Sportage costs around $3,500 less but its base engine produces 15 less horsepower than the CX-7. The 2012 Mazda CX-7 also returns 20/27 MPG with the base engine, and 18/24 with the turbocharged 2.3-liter engine.
What Others Are Saying:
"The CX-7′s windshield is raked at 66 degrees-more than some sports cars. And with a slightly detuned version of the Mazdaspeed 3′s turbocharged 2.3-liter engine as an option, it has the moves to back up those sporty looks." – Automobilemag.com
"Inside, the Mazda CX-7 has a nice, upright driving position, with firm, supportive seats that are good for a wide range of sizes." – TheCarConnection.com
"When it comes to handling and braking performance, the 2012 Mazda CX-7 lives up to Mazda’s sporty reputation." – Edmunds.com
Read more about the 2012 Mazda CX-7 at the Mazda manufacturer’s website.