2009 Mazda CX-7 vs. Its Competition

2009 Mazda CX-7 Sport
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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, is probably the closest rival to the 2009 Mazda CX-7.

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 significantly lower than any of these rivals.

2009 Mazda CX-7 Sport2009 Mazda CX-7
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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
8.0
The 2009 Mazda CX-7 is a good choice for singles or couples who really want a sport sedan but need a little more versatility.
8.8
The 2008 Acura RDX gets its edge from turbo power and crisp handling, but it can feel a little nervous and cramped.
8.2
The 2008 Subaru Tribeca is mainstream now, in style and performance.
MSRP From  
$23,900$33,195$29,995
Gas Mileage  
16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas I4Gas I4Gas 6-cyl
EPA Class  
2WD Sport Utility VehiclesSport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name  
FWD 4-Door Sport4WD 4-Door4-Door 5-Pass
Drivetrain  
Front Wheel Drive4 Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
555
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door4 Door
Transmission  
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2009 Mazda CX-7 vs. 2008 Acura RDX2009 Mazda CX-7 vs. 2008 Subaru Tribeca