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6.0
/ 10
On Quality
BASE
INVOICE
$20,921
BASE
MSRP
$21,990
On Quality
The interior of the CX-7 is pleasant and versatile, though limited backseat legroom and cargo space detract from its utility.
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ride quality is a shade better than in the turbo editions, and interior noise levels are distinctly lower
Car and Driver

That skimpy back seat, and its lack of a safety head restraint for the middle rider.
USA Today

Comfort in the rear seat is aided by a fold-down center armrest.
MSN Autos

the ride can become choppy on certain highway surfaces, like concrete interstates
Cars.com

a mildly rougher ride, especially on uneven pavement, and quite a bit of tire noise on coarse concrete
Orlando Sentinel

At least in front, the Mazda CX-7 interior looks great; front seats are wide yet quite firm, and supportive for a wide range of sizes. The upright driving position affords a good view ahead, too.

The story is less delightful in back. There's barely enough width to fit three across; adults will find plenty of headroom, but the low position leaves knees elevated and a general shortage of legroom.

Cargo space is indeed limited, but folding the backseats forward yields 70 inches of flat cargo floor; the catch is that it's not very tall—the result of such a rakish design and a surprisingly high cargo floor—but enough to move a coffee table or love seat. Otherwise, the interior is well thought-out; there are several smaller cubbies, and with last year's refreshes the center console compartments were reconfigured to be more useful.

Also last year, the Mazda CX-7 lineup got improved sound insulation; engine and road noise are now kept well under wraps, and while the CX-7 is no longer one of the noisiest vehicles in this class, it's still not the quietest. Ride quality is still on the firm side, but there's an underlying softness that prevents potholes and major lapses in infrastructure from being too jarring. Overall, the CX-7 feels well put-together, and Mazda's upgraded seat materials and plastics feel up to the task.

Conclusion

The interior of the CX-7 is pleasant and versatile, though limited backseat legroom and cargo space detract from its utility.

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