The CX-7 receives an all-new platform instead of sharing the Ford/Mazda CD3 platform used by the larger Mazda CX-9/Ford Edge/Lincoln MKX crossovers as well as the Mazda6. It uses the front suspension of the Mazda MPV minivan, with the rear suspension from the Mazda5. Many of the all wheel drive components come from the Mazdaspeed 6. It shares its turbocharged engine with the Mazdaspeed6. It uses either a 6-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual transmission. The CX-7 currently slots between the Tribute and the CX-9.
Power comes from the same 2.3L straight-4 MZR engine used in the Mazdaspeed 3 and Mazdaspeed 6 coupled with a 6 speed Aisin automatic transmission, and tuned to produce 244hp or 182kW (Australian model 175 kW) at 5000 RPM and 258ft·lbf (350N·m) of torque at a low 2500rpm, 99% of the maximum torque is available to 5000rpm.
The MZR 2.3L DISI turbo engine found in the MAZDASPEED3 and MAZDASPEED6 has been retuned in the North American-Spec CX-7 to deliver torque at a lower RPM for less turbo lag off the line. This was achieved thanks to a redesigned, smaller KO4 turbocharger. UK-Spec CX-7's feature the same, larger KO4 turbocharger and transmission found in the MAZDASPEED line.
The CX-7 features fully independent suspension, four-wheel ventilated disc brakes with standard anti-lock brakes, stability control and traction control, and a choice of either front wheel drive or Mazda's Active Torque-Split all wheel drive system. With the Active Torque-Split system, two computer-controlled magnetic clutches feed up to 50% of the engine's torque to the rear wheels. The Australian combined cycle official fuel economy is 11.5L/100km (24.6mpg-imp; 20.5mpg-US) . Fuel Economy varies among different tests , owners , and models, but drivers report a typical range between 10.0L/100km (28.2mpg-imp; 23.5mpg-US) and 18.0L/100km (15.7mpg-imp; 13.1mpg-US).
There are three trim levels (model):
- Sport is the base version, priced from US$24,385
- Touring is the upscale version, priced from US$26,135
- Grand Touring is the top version, priced from US$26,935
- All models are available with All-Wheel Drive
Australian models (AWD only) pricing: