2010 Mazda CX-7

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What Changed for the 2010 Mazda CX-7:
  • Model designations changed, depending on engine choice. Lineup includes i SV, i Sport, s Touring and s Grand Touring
  • New 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine serves as the entry-level engine on the CX-7 i models
  • Continuing on CX-7 s models is the turbocharged 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine from last year
  • The 2.5-liter engine is the same unit found in the Mazda 3 and Mazda 6, and is rated to deliver 161 hp at 6000 rpm and 161 lb.-ft. of torque at 3500 rpm
  • Fuel economy with new engine is 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway
  • Fuel economy also improved for turbocharged engine on CX-7 s models
  • Styling is updated to keep the CX-7 in line with the rest of the Mazda family, with a new grille, new bumpers, new fog light surrounds and revised trim
  • New wheel designs for all trim levels
  • Revised dashboard design with multi-information display
  • New steering wheel with Bluetooth controls on most models
  • Interior dcor is upgraded for a more refined look and feel, including new cloth and leather selections
  • Mazda makes minor improvements to suppress noise, vibration and harshness
  • Improved body rigidity and suspension re-tuning deliver improved ride and handling
  • All CX-7 models except i SV have Bluetooth hands-free communications
  • Grand Touring models have memory seating, 4-way power front passenger's seat, rain-sensing wipers, unique gauge cluster lighting, Bose audio system, Sirius satellite radio, power moonroof, reversing camera, and compact navigation system as standard equipment
  • New blind-spot information system is available on CX-7 Grand Touring
  • Stormy Blue Mica and Liquid Silver Metallic replace True Silver Mica, Liquid Platinum Metallic, Galaxy Gray Mica and Icy Blue Metallic on the paint chart

Mazda's midsize crossover SUV, the 5-seat CX-7, has received a styling refresh for 2010, inside and out. Highlights include a new turbocharged engine and a more prominent grille. The Mazda CX-7 competes with SUVs such as the Chevrolet Equinox, Mistubishi Outlander, and the Volkswagen Tiguan.

The CX-7's base trim level, i SV, features 17-inch wheels, power windows and locks, cruise control, air conditioning, and a 4-speaker sound system. The CX-7 i Sport trim adds Bluetooth connectivity and some cosmetic upgrades. The CX-7 s Touring trim features 18-inch alloy wheels, new turbocharged engine with dual exhaust outlets, leather upholstery, upgraded front seats, and a rear cargo cover. The CX-7 s Grand Touring trim features 19-inch alloy wheels, sunroof, automatic Xenon headlights, automatic climate control, keyless ignition, keyless entry, upgraded leather upholstery, upgraded Bose sound system, and other enhancements. The CX-7 i SV and CX-7 i Sport are available in front-wheel drive; the Touring and Grand Touring models offer optional all-wheel drive. All 2010 Mazda CX-7s provide 30 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, and 59 cubic feet with those seats folded down, Mazda says.

The two lower trim levels of the 2010 Mazda CX-7 feature a 161-horsepower, 2.5-liter, inline 4-cylinder engine coupeed with a 5-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. That engine delivers 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway with front-wheel drive, according to the EPA. The Touring and Grand Touring trims employ a turbocharged, 244-horsepower, 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. It delivers 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway with all-wheel drive.

Standard safety features on the 2010 Mazda CX-7 include anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, stability control, traction control, rearview camera, front side air bags, and side curtain air bags. In government crash tests, the NHTSA gave the 2010 Mazda CX-7 five stars (out of five) in both front- and side-impact tests for both driver and passengers. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded \"Good\" ratings to the CX-7 in its frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests, and an \"Acceptable\" rating for rear-impact protection.

Starting MSRP for the 2010 Mazda CX-7 was $21,700.

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