As I read my fellow CX-7 owner's reviews I get the feeling that many of us purchased this car more due to looks and the ability to boast about having a turbo charged vehicle than anything else. Yes, the styling and presence of this vehicle cannot be denied. Nor can I say that it isn't fun to drive. However, if you are considering this car think about these few things: MPG - it gets at best 20 for me on highway and 17 combined on top of the fact that it needs premium fuel. If you think you are going to get away with less, the dealer will tell you that you can but you lose the whole point of having a turbo charged engine and might as well buy a 6 cylinder something else. Size - the RAV 4 has more cargo space and the CR-V more passenger space. Family use - it is much higher than similar CUV's making it almost impossible for my 3yr old to get in and out of. It suffers from an odd placement, operation or complete absence of buttons - the master window control panel is an all or nothing deal, if the windows are locked, even the driver can't manually open a window. And it also locks out the passenger. There is no master lamp control and no vanity mirror lights. Doors are intended for adults, they are heavy and do not stay open with the force a typical young child would apply. Standard Features - For a vehicle produced in 2008 and not 1998 I would expect it to have MP3 disk playing capabilities (that is $600.00 more for an mp3 changer), an axillary jack and more than one charging outlet. (Hard to decide whether to charge your cell phone or your GPS unit sometimes). Many of these issues are minor but do you really want to deal with them daily for 3-6 years?
I bought my Mazda in April 2011 and I love it. After I bought it I was a little nervous because I found out that it only takes Premium Gas and all the reviews was saying how bad the gas mileage was and how loud it was. Well let me clear up some things...yes, the suv only takes premium gas BUT the gas mileage is GREAT!!!! I only fill up weekly and that's about 55-60 bucks with the gas prices being high...not that bad. The truck drives great and smooth, one thing I will say is it is a little loud but I guess that is expected with the turbo engine in the vehicle. For the price I would have like to have a bit more upgrades like the dash telling me what tempurture it is and the directions on the rear view mirrow but you have to get the touring to get those options...I have the sport...overall, I love the vehicle and I would recommend this vehicle to anyone looking for a fast, smooth, great looking crossover for a reasonable price.
I have only have this car for about 5 months, and have had NOTHING but trouble with it. I swear, It has been in and out of the shop at least 1x/month since I drove it off the lot. The back is not big enough to fit anything, and the engine isn't as powerful as expected.