2009 Mazda CX-7

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$23,900-$28,400
$22,365-$26,561
16 CITY / 22 HWY
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Overview

What Changed for 2009:
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink on Grand Touring model
  • Side turn signals integrated into exterior mirror housings on Grand Touring model
  • Bluetooth hands-free communication and Sirius satellite radio added to select option packages
  • Dual heated front seats with power driver's seat now available on Sport model
  • MP3 capability
  • Auxiliary audio input jack standard on all models
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob on Sport model
  • Standard dual illuminated vanity mirrors on all models
Overview
The CX-7 is the smaller of Mazda's two crossover utility vehicles (CUVs). Introduced for the 2007 model year, it is largely unchanged for 2009. The Mazda CX-7 is a 5-passenger vehicle aimed at buyers of sport sedans who need more space and SUV/CUV owners who want a vehicle with more style. Though designed in conjunction with the Ford Edge and larger Mazda CX-9 SUVs, the CX-7 is an entirely different product, heralded by a sharply raked windshield and Mazda RX-8-inspired front styling, big alloy wheels, and a 244-hp turbocharged engine. The CX-7 is available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive (FWD or AWD). With the rear seats folded down, it has 58.6 cubic feet of cargo space. Properly equipped, the CX-7 can tow up to 2000 pounds.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Mazda CX-7 is sold in Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trim levels. The Sport's standard equipment list includes cloth upholstery; 6-way manually adjustable driver's seat; air conditioning; tilt steering wheel with audio controls; auxiliary audio input jack; cruise control; power windows, mirrors and door locks; remote keyless entry; 4-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo; and 18-inch aluminum wheels. Touring trim adds leather upholstery with heated front seats; 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat; side turn signals integrated into the exterior mirror housings; and a retractable cargo cover. Grand Touring versions have unique leather upholstery with black seat stripes; automatic climate control; automatic high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlights; auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink; heated exterior mirrors; and fog lamps. Options for the 2009 Mazda CX-7 include a voice-activated, DVD-based navigation system with touch screen; rearview camera; keyless starting; sunroof; 9-speaker Bose sound system with 6-disc CD changer; rear DVD entertainment system; Sirius satellite radio; remote engine starting; and a Class II tow hitch receiver.

Powertrain
Most competitors use a V-6 engine, but Mazda powers the CX-7 with a 2.3-liter, turbocharged, direct-injected 4-cylinder engine. This 16-valve, dual-overhead-cam, all-aluminum engine is also found under the hood of the racy MazdaSpeed3. In the CX-7, it produces 244 hp at 5000 rpm and 258 lb.-ft. of torque at 2500 rpm. A 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control is standard equipment. The CX-7's EPA fuel-economy ratings are 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway with FWD and 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway with AWD. The CX-7's available AWD system is not meant for off-road use. It automatically diverts up to 50 percent of the power to the rear wheels as road conditions demand, but does not have low-range gearing.

Safety
Standard safety equipment on the 2009 Mazda CX-7 includes dual front air bags; torso-protecting front side air bags; head-protecting side curtain air bags with rollover protection; tire-pressure monitor; anti-lock brakes (ABS) with brake assist (BA) and electronic brake-force distribution (EBD); traction control; and electronic stability control. A rearview camera is optional.

In tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the CX-7 earned a 5-star rating in both front- and side-impact crash tests for both driver and passengers. Both 2WD and AWD versions also received a 4-star rollover rating. The CX-7 has been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and received a rating of \"Good\" for both frontal offset and side-impact tests.

Technology
All 2009 CX-7 models feature Mazda's Advanced Keyless Entry Start System. Shaped and sized like a credit card, the key can be kept in a pocket, purse or wallet, and the doors of the CX-7 can be unlocked and locked, and the engine can be started or stopped without physically using the key card. An optional touch-screen, DVD-based navigation system features voice command, which allows hands-free communication for location assistance to points of interest or for other directions. Another technology feature on the CX-7 is the optional 9-speaker Bose audio sound system with Centerpoint and AudioPilot. Centerpoint is part of the surround sound system that offers 5-channel digital imaging, to create true premium audio entertainment quality, the automaker says. AudioPilot senses exterior noise and adjusts the volume accordingly.
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