Toyota Prado Vs Mazda CX-7

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Here's a quick comparison between the current  150 series Toyota Land Cruiser Prado specifications and the Mazda CX-7.  Although the two are aimed at different parts of the market I thought it would be an interesting comparison. 

The CX-7 feels like a closeted regular sedan. The interior doesn't feel large until you look back at how much space the wagon body has. The exterior body design looks fantastic but there are materials on the inside while look good that feel priced down. While not crude the CX-7 is nowhere new refined as the Prado. It is all relative.

Due to the size issue and the drive, it should really be compared with the small SUV class rather than the Prado. We've included it here because one of us is looking to buy one.


Mazda CX-7
VS
150 Toyota LandCruiser Prado

Mazda has updated the CX-7 for 2010 and you now can have the option of a 2WD model as well as a diesel engine and non-turbo charged engine. There are a few problems with the engines used in the CX-7. The main problem with the turbo petrol engines is that real world fuel consumption is very high despite the low tested figures just do and of course turbo lag at the wrong times. Just check the web for specific reviews. Likewise the basic non-turbo engine has power issues, mainly not enough go to satisfy if you have driven the others.

Of course it's 4wd capability is limited especially the 2WD version but the market for this car is not those who go off road except for a few dirt roads as opposed to proper tracks.

If I was looking to buy a CX-7 it would be for its looks and on road performance which is very good in the turbo charged petrol version only. I wouldn't consider any other version especially with non-turbo charged engines - it would be underpowered. Nice to look at but slug to drive. Then again I would probably go for the 2WD Honda Odyssey (Aust version) instead because it has even higher quality interior and amazing resale value. The Honda Odyssey is faster and easily more responsive than the non-turbo CX-7.

A comparison with the Lexus RX350 is probably the most suitable but then again there is a huge price difference. We've driven the RX350 several times and would happily buy one but it is expensive and the lack of driver feed back would annoy but long distance touring would be very enjoyable. Furthermore the Lexus's higher quality materials and very quiet interior really do show how much refinement the CX-7 is missing. But then again the CX-7 is much cheaper the the RX350 or the Prado.
 


Last known pricing (RRP)

NOT including on roads, discounts etc...
AUGUST 2010

150 Series Toyota Prado
2010 $58,490 - 88,990 AUD

Mazda CX-7
2010 $33,990 - 43,640 AUD

 

 

To conclude we are attracted to its looks but it does lack substance that we are looking for. We are presuming that it would be perfect for those who just travel around the city and suburbs where performance is not a big concern.

Toyota Prado (150 Series) Mazda CX-7

Engines  
1GR-FE (modified)
V6 Petrol
Quad Cam with Dual VVTi EFI
4 Litre (3956cc)
Claimed 203Kw @ 5600RPM
Claimed 380Nm @ 4400RPM

1KD-FTV (modified)
IL4 DOHC Diesel
Turbo-charged - Intercooler
Direct Injection - Common Rail
3 Litre (2982cc)
Claimed 128Kw @ 3400RPM
Claimed 410Nm @ 1600-2800RPM

2TR-FE (modified)
IL4 DOHC Petrol
DOHC 16 valve with VVTi
2.7 Litre (2693cc)
Claimed 120Kw @ 5200RPM
Claimed 246Nm @ 3800RPM
 
  

IL4 Petrol
IL4 DOHC Petrol
16 Valve with S-VT
2.5 Litre (2488cc)
Claimed 120Kw @ 6000RPM
Claimed 205Nm @ 2000RPM

IL4 Turbo Petrol
IL4 DOHC Petrol
Turbo-charged - Intercooler
Direct Injectionl
2.3 Litre (2261cc)
Claimed 175Kw @ 5000RPM
Claimed 350Nm @ 25000RPM

IL4 Turbo Diesel
IL4 DOHC Diesel
Turbo-charged - Intercooler
Direct Injection - Common Rail
2.2 Litre (2184cc)
Claimed 136Kw @ 3500RPM
Claimed 400Nm @ 1800RPM

Weight (Kerb)  
2195 - 2435Kg
Towing capacity up to 2500kg
1589 - 1928Kg
Towing capacity up to 1600kg
Fuel capacity & consumption  
Up to 150 litres
IL6 Petrol 11.5 litres per 100km (Auto)
IL4 Diesel 8.5 litres per 100km (Auto)
Up to 62-69 litres
IL4 Petrol 9.4 litres per 100km
IL4 Turbo 11.5 litres per 100km
IL4 Turbo Diesel 7.6 litres per 100km
Other specifications  
5 speed Auto
or 6 speed manual
Overall height/width 1845/1890
Overall length/Wheelbase 4930/2790
Track (front/rear) 1585/1585
ANCAP safety rating 4/5
5 or 6 speed Auto
6 speed manual only for Diesel
Overall height/width 1645/1872
Overall length/Wheelbase 4693/2750
Track (front/rear) 1617/1612
ANCAP safety rating 5/5
Capability  
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach 32
Departure 24-25
Breakover 22
Drive system AWD
Minimum ground clearance 220mm
Water Fording depth 700mm Max
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach xx
Departure xx
Breakover xx
Drive system 2WD or AWD on demand
Minimum ground clearance 147-170mm
Water Fording depth xx Max
Performance Performance

Performance figures

0-100kph 12.5 secs (non-turbo)
0-100kph 8.5 secs (turbo)
0-100kph 11.5 secs (diesel)

Pricing  
2010 $58,490 - 88,990 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing and specials accessories etc...
 
2010 $33,990 - 43,640 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing and specials accessories etc...


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