The 2010 Mazda CX-7 now effectively has two sets of rivals.
Competing with the bargain-priced 2.5-liter "i" models are the Nissan Rogue, the Honda CR-V, and new four-cylinder Chevrolet Equinox, among others, while the turbo CX-7 takes on the Subaru Tribeca, Volkswagen Tiguan, and perhaps even Acura RDX.
The Rogue has less of a performance emphasis; it exhibits a more laid-back personality, and the driving experience is a little more isolated (and numbed).
It can allow quite a bit of road noise inside, but the backseat is more spacious.
The CR-V is one of the best vehicles in the compact crossover class, with a very roomy and refined interior, but it’s not an exciting driving experience.
The new base four-cylinder Chevrolet Equinox has been redesigned with much-improved noise isolation, along with attractive interior materials, and it deserves another look.
Competing with the turbo models, the Acura RDX is a performance-oriented crossover that also packs a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, all-wheel drive, and a suspension that's tuned for sporty handling, and it’s probably the closest rival to the 2010 Mazda CX-7.
There’s more usable backseat space in the RDX, and its powertrain feels and sounds more refined.
The RDX also has a more advanced all-wheel-drive system that is harder to fluster in brisk driving on curvy roads.
The EX35 is a new competitor to the 2010 Mazda CX-7, with an excellent interior design and sharp handling, but its interior is also somewhat cramped.
The Subaru Tribeca has quirky styling inside, sharp handling, and a surprisingly fun-to-drive feel on the road, thanks to the responsive flat-six engine, while the Tiguan is bound to attract some shoppers due to its responsive turbo four and attractive interior.
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|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||4 Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door||4 Door||5 Door||4 Door SUV||4 Door|
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