2008 Mazda CX-7
There are 11 user reviews for the Grand Touring AWD trim shown below
- Fun and easy to drive, great value, attractive vehicle
- A few minor features aren't included, stock wheels are ugly
I bought a 2008 Cx7 Grand Touring AWD Model with the Navigation, Bose stereo and Sunroof packages in the Black Cherry color 2 months ago and I love it!
Just be sure to spend the extra and get the Grand Touring model! The interior is so nice, and not having an actual key is SO handy when you have your hands full and need to lock or unlock the vehicle. I do actually use the backup camera - especially when it is dark because I also had the front windows tinted. The Bose stereo sounds awesome! It also handles great and is comfortable and roomy, especially coming from a Mazda 3, as I did.
Howver, I do think they should have included the Bluetooth and MP3 features. I know they added the Bluetooth on the 2009, so that's probably not even an issue anymore. The stock wheels need to be replaced with some custom ones to really make it look great. All in all, it's a great vehicle and I'm very happy with it!...read morehide
5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- handling, acceleration, keyless, rear camera, movable headlights, Bose, price
- turbo lag, no Bluetooth, no trip comp, no Sirius pause/rewind, cant set GPS when moving
15,000- miles driven on 87 octane (2007 GT). I had an acceleration hesitation lag problem when using 92 octane. I would try to merge on the freeway, stomp on the gas and wait 2 full seconds until the car responded. Scary feeling when you jump in front of a speeding semi. The dealer couldn't fix it with flash updates and said I had to adapt to it! I adapted by switching to 87 octane gas and problem instantly solved (and $0.20/gal cheaper) . Now my CX-7 is amazing to drive, so quick and nimble....read morehide
10 out of 17 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Looks, power, sound system, flip floor in back, comfort.
- no .mp3 aux jack, Bose system doesnt play .mp3 discs, rotors warped at purchase
The vehicle runs great and has much power for what it is compared to many other vehicles in its class. The Bose systems sounds great but surround sound only works for CDs. Havent had chance to use AWD in bad weather yet but all indications from Mazda forums is that it will perform well. This is my 5th Mazda in my life and they have all been good to me and my family.
I had a warranty issue two days after we got it but Mazda fixed the problem in one day and took care of everything. Rotors are fine now. All things considered its a nice vehicle for the $$.
The CX-7 looks great on the road compared to all other cross overs in its class. I did install an .mp3 plyer AUX component myself but it should have come standard with that especially since this is the 2nd year for the vehicle. Bluetooth would be nice as well and for the $$ many other lesser cars/SUVs have it....read morehide
7 out of 15 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Looks, Handling, Bose System, RearView Camera
- More smaller storage up front, miles left guage, no bluetooth or MP3
Also tested the RAV4, Santa Fe, CRV, and Murano. This was the best deal for what you are getting. The Murano had the most features that I wanted but way more expensive and the handling was not as good for me. The CRV just doesn't have enough power for me. Santa fe was good but the depreciation would kill in the long run. I chose the CX-7 over the Rav4 because it felt much better and looks better in my opinion.
As for mileage, I had to wait for my first regular octane tank to empty. That only yielded about 16.5 miles/gal. Since I have switched to high octane, I am getting 21. But of course you are also paying 20 cents more per gallon. I just chose high octane because it is better for a new car....read morehide
11 out of 19 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Great syling, fun to drive, very stable on the road, great in snow
- lacks certain luxury features it should have, not great on gas, very stiff ride
I gave up my loaded Pacifica for the CX7. I love driving the car; it's sporty, peppy, solid on the road, and just fun. It looks great too and is fairly roomy and comfortable. It really doesn't have any blindspots like the Pacifica did. But there are so many things that it should have and just doesn't.
1. The doors do not lock automatically at 15 mph. Such a basic safety feature. You can't even order it.
2. The lock/unlock button on the door doesn't light up, so it is impossible to see at night
3. No dual comfort control. Passengers can't control their own temp.
4. The vanity mirrors do not have lights on them.
5. No power passenger seat.
6. Gages don't tell you how many miles to empty. Just the light comes on for low fuel. Boy do I miss that feature.
7. Nav system on the CX -7 doesn't include Bluetooth (this is a $2,000+ option - certainly Bluetooth would be minor at that price!) But it has a useless backup camera.
I purchased the top of the line model with navigation, bose, sunroof, etc. For the price of the car these are little options that should be included. I would have gone for the CX-9 but wanted a smaller car. I didn't realize that I had to sacrifice so much luxury....read morehide
6 out of 15 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- love the headlights,handling in snow/rain,bose speakers.
- bad turbo lag,gas milage,loud ride.
i was excited about getting this vehicle. came from a vw tourareg-thought i would definitely see a change in gas milage. i did, but not see as big a change as i thought i would. i love the headlights-once you go xeon-you never go back. the radio/bose speakers sound awsome. i love the extra level in the trunk that you can use to put the back seats down. very smart. it handles great in the snow and heay rain.
the ride is a bit loud on the highway and the turbo lag is to the point that it can be a hazard when driving. i am overall very satisfied with this vehicle and look the forward to the newer models when they work the bugs out of it. will they be making one that takes 89 octane?...read morehide
9 out of 14 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Sporty turbo thrust, fantastic handling, great interior and flawless quality
- Thrashy motor at idle, massive turbo lag, poor to fair gas milage
With the right aftermarket upgrades, turbo lag is improved and 300hp easy to achieve. Seats and ride is sports car like firm. Gas milage not for everyone but great for enthusiasts who loves spirited driving.
10 out of 15 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Great AWD in a slick package, Color selection better than FX45
- None so far
Traded in a 2001 Subaru Forester S (120K miles) and really think the CX-7 is a better vehicle in snow. Handling and performance is superior.
First day of purchase wound up in snow storm. The CX-7 was very stable and actually better in hilly snow than the Subaru. That is saying a lot but I think it is because it is heavier and has longer wheel base.
Looked at other CUVs and SUVs but thought this was the best buy for what we had to spend. Styling and performance superior to everything except the FX35/FX45 which we thought was a great vehicle but could not afford.
The CX-7 is great step up from Subaru Forester S. Subaru had a lot of small problems and I do not think the quality levels are the same as Toyota, Nissan and Mazda. (I also own a 1996 Mazda Millennia S with supercharger and 146K miles). The Millennia S is every bit as good as a Lexus and that was one of the reasons to look at the CX-7.
Recommendation - if you buy a CX-7 treat yourself and get a Grand Touring AWD. The additional amenities are well worth it along with a great basic package. As to any negative reviews on the CX-7 or the FX45 that I have read - they have to be written by some Detroit anti-marketer who has to somehow defend inferior products....read morehide
10 out of 23 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Great engine power-feels like a V6, Bose stereo rocks!- grabs the road in corners
- Rough ride-road noise-needs bluetooth-More sound insulation needed
Great Horsepower from a 4 cyl. Handles the road wonderful-really grabs it. The Bose system really rocks. Love the heated leather seats. Only cons would be that Mazda needs more sound insulation in their autos. Could use lights over visor mirrors, bluetooth, mpg readout.
11 out of 19 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Looks sharp, good handling, smooth braking
- Lacking some of the finer details
'08 Mazda CX-7 AWD Grand Touring (Brilliant Black Clearcoat)
Options: Bose 6 CD Changer / Moonroof package.
After 6 weeks of driving it, I still love my CX-7 and would still make the purchase today knowing what I know. It's fun to drive, handles well and is very practical.
Things I don't like are very minor, but it'd be nice to see Mazda show a little more attention to detail in future revisions.
1.) There's no auxiliary audio input. Mazda offers an iPod adapter, but I had to go with a third party product (Audio Link USB/Aux for about $130) to get it to work with other portable devices.
2.) The heated leather seats have just 1 setting.
3.) When the auto headlights are turned on, they're far too sensitive. There's no delay built in, so they will turn on for a second every time you pass underneath a bridge or pull into your garage. There are two sensitivity settings, but neither produce satisfactory results.
4.) The unique plastic interior shows scuff marks quite easily. Rub your knuckle lightly against the interior door panel and you'll see a white skin-residue mark. It comes off easily with a dry towel, but if not kept up it can start to look bad pretty fast....read morehide
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