2008 Mazda CX-7 vs. Its Competition

2008 Mazda CX-7 Sport
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The CX-7's closest rival is probably the Acura RDX, a performance-oriented crossover that also packs a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, all-wheel drive, and a suspension that's tuned for sporty handling.

But the RDX's interior feels plusher yet sporty, there's more usable backseat space, and its powertrain feels and sounds more refined, with a bit less harshness and better responsiveness at part-throttle than the CX-7's engine.

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 2008 Mazda CX-7, with an excellent interior design and sharp handling, but its interior is also somewhat cramped.

The BMW X3 offers a similar package, though its six-cylinder powertrains are more refined and sophisticated; however, the X3's interior trails the competition in appearance and materials.

As a wild card, there's also the Subaru Tribeca, with quirky styling inside, sharp handling, and a surprisingly fun-to-drive feel on the road, thanks to the responsive flat-six engine.

But what's the CX-7's biggest advantage? Its price is thousands lower than any of these rivals.

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2008 Acura RDX 4WD 4-door Angular Rear Exterior View2008 Acura RDX
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2008 Subaru Tribeca 4-door 7-Pass Ltd Open Doors2008 Subaru Tribeca
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Quick Specs
The 2008 Mazda CX-7 is a good choice for single folks or couples who might not prioritize backseat or cargo space but want sport-sedan performance with a lot more utility.
The 2008 Acura RDX gets its edge from turbo power and crisp handling, but it can feel a little nervous and cramped.
Because of the Infiniti EX35, 2008 could be year of the right-sized crossover. Many people are looking for SUV style without SUV size, and they should be particularly attracted to this offering.
The 2008 Subaru Tribeca is mainstream now, in style and performance.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas V6Gas 6-cyl
EPA Class   
2WD Sport Utility VehiclesSport Utility VehicleSmall Station Wagon4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
FWD 4-Door Sport4WD 4-DoorRWD 4-Door4-Door 5-Pass
Front Wheel Drive4 Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door4 Door SUV4 Door
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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