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QUALITY | 6 out of 10
“Abundant legroom for all”
“Overall, the CX-7’s cargo room is tighter than most crossovers in its class”
“Reduced noise, vibration, and harshness levels”
Car and Driver
The restyled 2010 Mazda CX-7 arrives on dealer lots with essentially the same overall package as last year’s model, but with some significant improvements in cabin refinement. While the story’s still not perfect for the rear passengers, Mazda definitely takes a step forward with the new CX-7.
Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that the 2010 Mazda CX-7 is a five-seat crossover with “abundant legroom for all,” in the words of ConsumerGuide. They continue in their praise of the new CX-7, noting that the front “seats are well-bolstered,” and Cars.com mentions that “passenger space is comparable to its competitors.” TheCarConnection.com’s own editors find that the front seats are wide, firm, and supportive, a winning combination for a long-distance cruiser. Unfortunately, while the CX-7 has grown compared to last year, ConsumerGuide says “legroom is tight” in the rear seats.
The 2010 Mazda CX-7 is moderately practical, offering enough cargo space to move small furniture or transport a week’s worth of camping gear without much trouble. ConsumerGuide notes that the CX-7 “beats most like-sized SUVs for space behind the rear seat,” although “total space is small by class standards.” Cars.com provides some hard numbers, stating that, “with the rear seats up, cargo volume is 29.9 cubic feet, and with the seats down cargo volume expands to 58.6 cubic feet.” Inside the cabin, ConsumerGuide says you will find a “laptop-size center console bin and integral door cupholders,” along with numerous smaller cubbies that provide a useful amount of storage space.
One of the biggest improvements in the 2010 Mazda CX-7 comes in interior quality, although reviews read by TheCarConnection.com reveal that Mazda still hasn’t brought the CX-7 up to the top of the class. Left Lane News reviewers are pleasantly surprised to find that the “interior materials are upgraded throughout,” but ConsumerGuide notes that the overall décor is “let down by a few budget-grade plastics and unconvincing silver paint that passes for metal accents.” Overall, however, Car and Driver reviewers like that the new CX-7 offers “higher quality materials,” which help justify the CX-7’s price premium over some of its competitors.
Mazda’s engineers also focused on reducing wind noise inside the 2010 Mazda CX-7, and early indications are that they’ve been successful. ConsumerGuide reports that “engine and wind noise are modest in routine cruising,” and Cars.com attributes that to the fact that the crossover’s “body has been enhanced to increase rigidity and lower wind and other noise.”
Seating five comfortably might be a stretch, but the 2010 Mazda CX-7 does benefit from a marked improvement in overall quality.