Mazda discontinues CX-7 crossover in U.S.

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Mazda has pulled the plug on the CX-7, which will end production this year as the CX-5 takes over for it. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Mazda has been pulling the plug on models that aren’t selling too well in the U.S.; the brand is not the strongest performer among Japanese carmakers. Among other discontinued models, Mazda is discontinuing the CX-7 crossover, and the CX-5 is taking its place.

Disappointing sales

Mazda, according to AutoBlog, is discontinuing the CX-7 crossover SUV, at least in the American market. Production will continue until the end of the year, when the model will be phased out in favor of the CX-5, for a number of reasons.

The CX-7 is not a heavyweight in the crossover SUV segment. It was far from a complete dud; when it was launched in 2007, according to Automobile magazine, buyers took 41,653 of them off Mazda lots, though sales dwindled to 20,583 in 2009 and rebounded to 35,641 in 2011. The best selling crossover SUV in 2011, the Ford Escape, sold 254,293 units, according to MotorTrend,.

New model the better one

There are some compelling reasons to buy a CX-5 over a CX-7. For starters, the CX-5 gets better gas mileage, as it achieves 26 miles per gallon in city driving and 32 miles per gallon highway with an automatic transmission and two-wheel drive. The all-wheel drive model gets 25 mpg city/31 highway.

The CX-7 came with two four-cylinder engines, a 2.5 liter or turbocharged 2.3-liter, which were capable of 20 mpg city/26 mpg highway and 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway, respectively. The AWD option, only available on S models with the 2.3-liter turbo, got 17 city/21 highway mpg.

The CX-5 also has more interior space, with 65.4 cubic inches of cargo room and 103.8 cubic inches of passenger room, compared to 58.6 and 101.7 cubic inches in the CX-7.

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The CX-5 is less powerful, though the 2.0-liter, 155 horsepower SkyActiv inline-four cylinder in the CX-5 produces only 6 fewer horsepower than the 2.5-liter engine from the ā€œiā€ model CX-7.

Also cheaper

Perhaps most importantly, the base CX-5 is also $1,495 cheaper, at $20,695, before destination charge, which makes it quite competitive.

The only other compact crossovers that get better than 30 miles per gallon are the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Honda CR-V, Kia Sportage LX and the Chevrolet Equinox. Only the Outlander costs less than the CX-5, starting at $18,795. The Sportage is $20,800, the Honda starts at $22,295 and the Equinox starts at $23,530.

The Dodge Journey is cheaper, at $18,995, as is the base Kia Sportage, at $18,500, but neither gets 30 mpg, though the base Sportage gets up to 29 mpg highway.

Sources

AutoBlog

Automobile Magazine

MotorTrend

Mazda: http://www.mazdausa.com/MusaWeb/displayHomepage.action

Chevrolet Equinox: http://www.chevrolet.com/equinox-crossover-suv/

Kia Sportage: http://www.kia.com/#/sportage/explore/

Honda CR-V: http://automobiles.honda.com/cr-v/

Dodge Journey: http://www.dodge.com/en/2012/journey/

Mitsubishi Outlander: http://www.mitsubishicars.com/MMNA/jsp/outlandersport/12/index.do?flash=overview#/?page=overviewSplash


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