Stylish and sporty, the CX-7 has coupe-like styling and agile handling.
Most versions have a trouble-prone turbocharged, four-cylinder engine; a non-turbocharged version was later available.
The ride is fairly stiff and road noise is pronounced.
We found the turbo CX-7 delivered ample midrange power, but there was a frustrating and disconcerting initial lag at low revs.
Fuel economy averaged a mediocre 18 mpg in our tests.
The interior well put together but some materials feel cheap.
The firm front seats are generally supportive.
The rear seat is not very roomy and is too low.
The optional backup camera is an asset, but the navigation system compromises the radio controls.