The Mazda CX-7 is a midsize sport-utility vehicle that has been in production since the 2007 model year. It is externally similar to the Mazda CX-9, although the two series do not have the same platform. The Mazda CX-7 shares components from other Mazda series such as the Mazda MPV, Mazda5 and MazdaSpeed6.
The Mazda CX-7 has independent suspension with antilock disc brakes on all four wheels. It also has front-wheel drive with an option for all-wheel drive. The Active Torque Split system in all-wheel drive models allows a computer to deliver up to half the torque to the rear wheels. The Mazda CX-7 is available in four trim levels including the iSV, iSport, sTouring and sGrand Touring. The sTouring and sGrand Touring trim levels are available with all-wheel-drive and a turbocharged engine.
The engine options for the Mazda CX-7 have remained unchanged since the 2009 model year. The standard engine for this series is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine producing 161 hp. Some models in the Mazda CX-7 series are also available with a 2.3-liter turbocharged engine that produces up to 244 hp, depending on tuning.
The last major style update for the Mazda CX-7 occurred in the 2010 model year. This update revised the fascia on the front and rear of the vehicle to resemble the Mazda RX-8 and MX-5. New features in the interior of his vehicle include gauges with three-dimensional dials, a multi-information display and Bluetooth connectivity.