2010 Mazda CX-7 Gains New Base Four-Cylinder Engine


  • Competes with: Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, Subaru Forester
  • Looks like: All of Mazda's models are putting on a happy face
  • Drivetrain: 161-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder with five-speed automatic or 244-hp, turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder with six-speed automatic; front- or all-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Summer 2009

Offered until now with only a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the Mazda CX-7 crossover gains a new normally aspirated four-cylinder for the 2010 model year. The new engine displaces 2.5 liters and makes 161 hp, which is quite a bit less than the 244-hp turbo four-cylinder, which is still available. The base four-cylinder teams with a five-speed automatic and is only available with front-wheel drive (the turbo CX-7 uses a six-speed automatic and can have all-wheel drive). Gas mileage is one of the low points of the CX-7's high-powered turbo engine, and though fuel economy figures haven't been released, the new base four-cylinder should give the CX-7 more competitive fuel economy.

The 2010 CX-7 sports new exterior styling highlighted by a restyled front end that has more aggressive — and vaguely happy-looking — bumper styling. The rear bumper receives minor changes, too. Mazda says the 2010 CX-7's chassis rigidity has been improved and wind noise has been lessened.

Interior revisions include new dash vents, a new steering wheel, new instrument panel backlighting and a larger dash-top display screen. Mazda's blind spot warning system is newly available.

The 2010 CX-7 recently appeared at the 2009 Canadian International Auto Show and will be at the New York auto show in April, Mazda says. Pricing information has not been released.





By Mike Hanley | February 12, 2009 | Comments (13)
Tags: Mazda



Best smile application to date


Still the best looking small crossover on the market IMO.


why not couple the 6-sp auto with engine as well to maximize fuel economy? is the 5-sp auto that much cheaper than the 6-sp auto?


Why can't they do something about the instrument panels' red illumination?


Looks good - true. But new 09 4 cyl Highlander is more functional, more powerfull and comfortable for the whole family. And cost not that much more. Gas - same


The new steering wheel looks much better. The old one looked cheap.

Why is the trip computer not the same color as the radio/hvac display? The trip computer looks like an afterthought.

I do like this vehicle, but the turbo felt underpowered to me when I test drove the cx7. Hopefully, the normally aspirated engine gets better gas mileage on regular unleaded.

The cx7 seems to have a bad reliability history as well, based on what I have seen.


Uh-oh, previously one of the best looking SUVs is gaining a little bit too much in common with the nose of the Porsche Cayenne, the fugliest thing out there.


anyone notice the fuel economy reading on the display? 13.8mpg. if that is the new non-turbo 4-cyl engine, then that's embarrassing!

my 94 s-10 blazer never gets below 17mpg and averages 21mpg on the highway, and it's got the 4.3L V6.


Very nice update. The nose of the current cx-7 definitely is not my favorite part. It looks okay from some angles, but tapers off too sharply for my taste.

The Highlander is 4" longer, 2" wider, and 4" taller. It weighs almost as much as the AWD cx-7, and it costs more. Besides, the highlander can't match the mazda in terms of driving dynamics. Go with the Highlander if you need the utility, go with the Mazda if you're looking for a better driving experience.

Mazda Dave

This looks great. I sell Mazda's and this looks great. Finally an engine option! Definately moving in the right direction.

Al G.

A non-turbo 4 is a good step. I look forward to seeing the numbers (pricing and mpg) The front and rear of the vehicle look good. I agree with one of the previous comments about not liking the instrument panels "red" illumination.


What about manual? What about diesel... Mazda, please give them to me.... 22 mpg for turbi is too low...


just bought the 2010 4 cyl. wife and i love the car. fuel economy is respectable @ 25mph city/hwy combined. power is decent for what it is. this car delivers a quality feel. we hope and plan to own it for several years.

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