A normally-aspirated (non-turbocharged) model is introduced for 2010. Available only in i SV and i Sport trim and only with front-wheel drive, the newest CX-7 lowers the entry level price to just over $22,000. All 2010 CX-7 trims receive improved sound insulation, a more rigid body and minor interior upgrades such as a new steering wheel, multi-information display and revised center armrest.
With the full-size Sport Utility Vehicle beginning to fall from public favor, many manufacturers are pinning their hopes on a new class of SUV, commonly referred to as the crossover. The crossover combines the ride and handling of a car with the high seating position and spacious cargo hold of a large SUV, but without the larger vehicle's penalties for fuel economy and maneuverability. The latest crossover to enter the market is Mazda's CX-7, a sleek, five-passenger SUV with the heart of a sports car. Designed to evoke the same sporty image as Mazda's flagship performance coupe, the RX-8, the CX-7 may be the sportiest crossover you can buy for under $25,000. Although the CX-7's turbocharged four-cylinder engine may be a radical departure for those accustomed to a big V8, we think consumers will quickly warm up to its powerful performance and reasonable fuel consumption.