2010 Mazda CX-7 vs. Its Competition

2010 Mazda CX-7 s Grand Touring
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

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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Quick Specs
If you want the driving experience of a sports sedan but need the versatility of a wagon, the 2010 Mazda CX-7 remains one of the better choices.
The 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan aims for the likes of the Honda CR-V and hits a little higher--in price and sophistication.
The 2008 Acura RDX gets its edge from turbo power and crisp handling, but it can feel a little nervous and cramped.
The 2008 Honda CR-V doesn't have hip style or performance on tap, but it has the security, utility, and frugality that many sensible moms want.
With the 2009 Nissan Rogue, the crossover market gets another right-sized entry that’s just a little tighter inside than the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.
The 2008 Subaru Tribeca is mainstream now, in style and performance.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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