From Mazda press: CX-7 is a highly styled crossover utility vehicle (CUV) with a decided soul of a sportscar. Produced entirely on Mazda-derived platform architecture, the five-passenger CX-7 embodies an astute blend of sports car verve and CUV practicality, resulting in a fun-to-drive CUV that represents everything a Mazda should be, and running counter to what most people think a CUV should be capable of.
Along with many exterior and interior design enhancements for 2010, the five-passenger CX-7 received an all-new, naturally aspirated DOHC 16-valve 2.5L MZR four-cylinder engine. Available on i SV, i Sport and now, new for 2011, i Touring models, the inline four delivers 161 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 161 lb-ft at 3,500 rpm. It drives the front wheels through a lightweight, highly efficient five-speed sport-shift automatic transmission that provides exceptional performance while returning excellent fuel economy, 20/28 mpg (city/highway).
Also offered is Mazda’s outstanding MZR 2.3L DISI Turbo engine, producing 244 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. torque, and transmission, which powers the upper trim levels. Tuning of this engine has focused on a unique blend of power, efficiency and drivability, all on regular unleaded fuel.
Highlights of the CX-7 include five-speed sport automatic transmission (i models) and six-speed sport automatic transmission (s models), 17-, 18- and 19-inch alloy wheels, Multi Information Display (MID) with available rearview camera (standard on Grand Touring and i Touring and available on s Touring and i Sport), Advanced Keyless Entry and Start System, driver’s seat-position memory, four-way power front passenger’s seat, Bluetooth ® hands-free phone and audio, Blind Sport Monitoring (BSM) System, compact navigation system and rain-sensing wipers.
Mazda’s MZR 2.5-liter engine, which can also be found in the MAZDA6 and MAZDA3, is known for its excellent fuel economy and drivability. The 2.5-liter DOHC inline-four delivers 161 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and offers maximum torque of 161 lb-ft at 3,500 rpm. By coupling this engine to a light-weight, efficient, five-speed automatic transmission and utilizing a front-wheel-drive layout, this powertrain combination returns fuel economy of 20/28 mpg (city/highway). This drivetrain combination is available on the i SV, i Sport and, new for 2011, the i Touring models, and only in front-wheel-drive configuration.