Honda CRV VS Mazda CX-7

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Here's a comparison between the 2010 Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-7. The Mazda CX-7 when launched in 2006 was marketed as the sporty and premium priced small or compact SUV. Despite being called the CX-7 it is only a 5 seater.

The problem with the initial CX-7 model was that it only had one engine and in real life used a lot high octane only petrol and turbo lag at the wrong times.

The CX-7 in 2010 is still the most stylish both inside and out small SUV or soft roader available. It appears to be quite a large car due to its design but parked next to a CRV the its not bigger. 

Mazda CX-7
Honda CRV

The Mazda CX-7 has recently gained popularity due to Mazda finally dropping the Tribute model and releasing a number of CX-7s with 2WD and a diesel versions. Likewise the price has dropped to almost competitive levels. 

One of us has been looking closely at the CX-7 for the last few months. However hasn't bought one yet since the release of the new Renault Koelos, Peugeot 3008, Kia Sportage and a number of other models.

In relation to the interior the CX-7 feels like a normal car but with more restricted views especially if you are not tall. The interior design matches the stylish exterior so it does look good as well.  Despite great looks the CRV is not as sporty but feels better and is more practical when dealing with everyday kids and shopping.

The stereo in the CX-7 despite the BOSE brand is not all that great. It is much better than the CRV but not as good as the Mitsubishi Outlander Rockford Fosgate's system. You'll need the better stereo system in the CX-7 it because it needs more on road noise refinement a rattle or two and distraction from a few poorly aligned trim below eye level.

The drive experience was not much different from the CRV and not impressive considering the sporty marketing. The ride on the version I drove was not as good as the Honda (it was good) but something missing. Besides the CX-7 just doesn't have the overall refined feel of the Honda.

Last known pricing (RRP)

NOT including on roads, discounts etc...

Honda CR-V
2010 $30,990 - 42,790 AUD

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




The Mazda CX-7 has plenty of substance but not as much the Honda CRV in our opinion and despite its age most of package is still up to date. Overall the CX-7 is really appealing in terms of style just don't think we'd be happy with one over time - we shall see...

Check out the other small SUV comparisons for more of what we think of the Honda CRV since we don't want to repeat ourselves.

Honda CR-V Mazda CX-7

IL 4 Cylinder (K24Z1)
IL 4 Cylinder petrol
2.4 Litre (2354cc)
Claimed 125Kw @ 5800RPM
Claimed 218Nm @ 4200RPM
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

1580 - 1630Kg
Towing capacity up to 1500kg
1589 - 1928Kg
Towing capacity up to 1600kg
Fuel capacity & consumption  
Up to 58 litres
IL4 Petrol 10 Lts per 100km AVG (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  
6 speed manual or 5 speed Auto
Overall height/Overall width 1680/1820
Overall length/Wheelbase 4565/2605
4WD system: On-demand AWD
ANCAP Safety: 4/5
5 or 6 speed Auto
6 speed manual only for Diesel
Overall height/width 1645/1872
Overall length/Wheelbase 4693/2750
ANCAP safety rating 5/5
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach xx
Departure xx
Breakover xx
Drive system AWD on demand
Ground clearance (unloaded) 185mm
Water Fording depth xxmm 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

Petrol (4 Cyl)
0-100Kph:10 secs

0-100kph 12.5 secs (non-turbo)
0-100kph 8.5 secs (turbo)
0-100kph 11.5 secs (diesel)
2010 $30,990 - 42,790 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!
2010 $33,990 - 43,640 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!

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