2010 Mazda CX-7
Since it arrived for 2007, the Mazda CX-7 has delivered more Zoom-Zoom driving fun than any other small crossover. Now, for 2010, it gets its first serious set of tweaks.
For starters, the 2010 CX-7 adds a new “SV” base trim with a lower entry price of just over $22,000.
That front-drive CX-7 adds a base 2.5-liter 161-horsepower normally aspirated four-cylinder with a healthy 28 mpg highway fuel economy rating.
Available for front- and standard with all-wheel-drive is the carryover 2.3 liter 244-horsepower turbocharged four. But even here Mazda has squeezed more fuel economy as the Highway rating is up from 23 to 25 mpg.
“From a driver’s perspective, the CX-7 is a double chocolate chunk in an otherwise sugar cookie segment. This little crossover is willing off the line and sticks nice and tight in the corners.” Ben Davis
For its outershow, the front fascia now sports Mazda’s new signature smiley-face grille. And the rear gets a redesigned bumper. But all the rest of its smart and sporty shape stays intact.
Inside, the makeover is more thorough. The new CX-7 takes on a progressive style with blackout meters and a modified instrument panel with a Mazda3-style hooded info and nav screen.
And the new steering wheel has controls for audio, cruise, and Bluetooth.
Once again, we note the CX-7 is not as kind to passengers and cargo as some of its rivals. But, we think it’s a small tradeoff for the CX-7’s class-best driver enjoyment.
The 2010 Mazda CX-7 is in dealerships now.
2.5-liter normally aspirated four-cylinder
Starting just over $22,000