2010 Mazda CX-7 GX
2010 Mazda CX-7 GX
2010 Mazda CX-7 GX
2010 Mazda CX-7 GX
2010 Mazda CX-7 GX. Click image to enlarge

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Inside Story is a review of interior comfort features, cabin controls, storage options, trunk space and under-hood accessibility based on a seven-day evaluation.

Review and photos by Michael Clark

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2010 Mazda CX-7

Ashcroft, British Columbia – Change is good. Not having to change that much is even better. When you’re a vehicle, and you’re coming up on a third birthday, the usual course of action is to erase you from the landscape, and start fresh. The Mazda CX-7 for 2010 is best categorized as re-fresh, though it isn’t just about fascia and fog lamps. Of particular note is the introduction of a front-drive non-turbo unit, dubbed the GX. This brings the base MSRP down to a paltry $27,995. The GS and GT units are the all-wheel drive turbocharged offerings, priced at $32,295 and $38,990 respectfully. (Prices shown do not include freight, taxes, regional or promotional incentives.)

For those wondering about the GT dent, the top juice CX-7 now includes specific tech, plus all of the Luxury Package options, with the only option being a $2,600 touch-screen Navi. Our testers on this press launch were the GX model, equipped with the $2,995 Luxury Package bump, and the GT trim, sans Navi.

The Cockpit/Centre Stack

It’s not often that I get the opportunity to test varying trim levels back to back, so make sure to enjoy this bonus round. Both units share the Mazda corporate multi-function three-spoke wheel, mounted on a manual tilt/telescope column. The GX Luxury/GT trim includes Bluetooth connectivity for wireless phones, as well as compatible music players. The GX gauge cluster uses standard script and backlighting, while the GT adds electroluminescent displays, with blue perimeter glow. Engine coolant temperature is the only engine monitor gauge for both models outside of the tachometer, with warning lamps on call for oil pressure and amperage.

2010 Mazda CX-7 GX
2010 Mazda CX-7 GX
2010 Mazda CX-7 GX. Click image to enlarge

All trim levels include an auto detent for headlamps, and rain-sensing wipers. Multi Information Displays start off with the 3.5-inch monochromatic unit on the GX. Think old school resolution. It gets much clearer with the high-res 4.1 inch unit on the GT, a screen off the old block of the recently-tested Mazdaspeed 3. High-res makes for a proper rear view display, as shown with the back-up camera view exclusive to the GT. Climate control readouts are displayed next to the Multi Information Display. Auto single zone HVAC controls are housed below the audio head unit.

Whether it’s the five-speed automatic on the GX FWD, or the six-speed automatic unit on the GT, each shifter sports a console level Manu-Gate, with gear selection displayed in the right-hand gauge face. (Sorry; no shift paddles.) GX and GT employ auto driver and front passenger windows for lift and descent. Outside of interior finishing, the only difference for the exterior power heated mirrors is the existence of exterior turn signal markers on the GT. Speaking of GT, the control pod ahead of the driver’s left knee houses controls for traction control, manual levelling of the GT-specific HID headlamps, and the GT’s Blind Spot Monitoring system. The GX still provides traction control.


All CX-7’s use a non-locking deep-well glovebox, which still provides good storage when filled with the owner’s lit. Feeling insecure? Then stow your gear in the lockable centre console. The top portion houses two removable trays, with a gully of sorts to route power or control cables from plug-in peripherals. Remove the trays, and you’ll find the audio auxiliary input, and a 12-volt DC powerpoint. A second powerpoint is found ahead of the shifter, on the right. The front seatbacks wear storage pockets, while a rear seat centre armrest reveals a dual cupholder of good depth. The front console cupholder is deep, though there is no cincher/insert system. There is a soft foam padding, which isn’t removable, and just waiting to soak up a sticky latte mess. Front and rear doors are equipped with bottle-specific holders.

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