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Mazda's CX-7 packed a strong turbo heart

This five-passenger SUV shared an engine with the Mazdaspeed3 hot hatch.

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Steven Ewing

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The CX-7 was Mazda's original five-passenger SUV.

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It was available with a turbocharged engine borrowed from the Mazdaspeed3.

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Front- and all-wheel drive were available.

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The CX-5 could be had with a premium interior, xenon headlights and other niceties.

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In true Mazda fashion, the CX-7 was all about fun-to-drive first.

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Unfortunately, that meant it lacked in passenger and cargo volume.

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The CX-7 was relatively inefficient from a fuel consumption perspective, too.

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Following one small refresh, the CX-7 went away in the early 2010s.

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But we think a reborn one could be a great competitor to cars like the Honda Passport or Ford Edge.

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Definitely keep the turbo engine, though.

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