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2009 Mazda CX-9 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2009 Mazda CX-9 was new.


Interior: 8.2

While most reviewers liked the CX-9's interior, a few complained about awkward ergonomics.

  • "The interior is typical of Mazda products, with great attention to detail and lots of creature comforts." -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • "The CX-9's interior is as nice as a luxury sedan's. Carefully executed styling details are evident throughout the vehicle." -- Kansas City Star
  • "My main problem with it was that the interior's layout didn't fit me. I found myself leaning way over and reaching to do simple things like change the temperature or use the touch-screen, but those problems could be limited to me. Overall, the CX-9 is definitely one to consider if you're looking for a seven-passenger ride." -- Mother Proof


Reviewers were generally pleased with the CX-9's cabin, which features seating for seven in three rows. Reviewers said the second row of seats in the CX-9 is almost as nice as the first. Opinions on the third row were more mixed.

  • "Ample legroom. Tall occupants may wish for more headroom, even without the optional sunroof. Chair-height seating provides a commanding view forward and to the side." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The front seats are very comfortable and envelop the torso gingerly rather than too tightly." -- Road and Track
  • "Unlike many three-row CUVs, there is ample adult-size room in all seating positions and 17.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The backseat was just as roomy; its configuration would make it difficult to fit three child-safety seats across the second row, especially since there were only two sets of Latch anchors in the second row." -- Mother Proof
  • "Legroom is tight in the third row, yet is sufficient enough for young children or passengers who don't mind being cramped." -- AutoWeek
  • "To get to the third row one grabs a handle built into the top of the second-row seats and pulls. That releases the seat and slides it forward. The opening is smallish, in part because the wheel arch intrudes. But with a wiggle and a twist an adult can reach the third row without a severe loss of dignity." -- New Car Test Drive

Interior Features

Reviewers were impressed with the CX-9's well-appointed cockpit when it was new. Bluetooth, heated seats and a rearview camera are available on all trims.

  • "The interior is typical of Mazda products, with great attention to detail and lots of creature comforts. All models include air conditioning, power windows/mirrors/door locks with remote keyless entry, trip computer, cruise control, six air bags, and black or beige interior colors." -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • "A deep bin in the center console housed both an AUX port and a charging point. I love it when manufacturers do that because I can plug in my iPod and phone and keep the cords out of my way. Nobody likes messy cords running all over the place!" -- Mother Proof
  • "The CX-9's interior upholds the exterior's sporting character but with more luxury touches than the less expensive CX-7." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Most controls fall easily to hand on models without navigation. The navigation system is separate from the climate controls. It does integrate many audio functions, complicating some simple adjustments. It also places some buttons and knobs out of easy reach for some of our testers. Further, its voice control for programming destinations and the wireless cell phone link understands commands that must be precisely worded and loudly spoken." -- Consumer Guide


The 2009 CX-9 provides 17.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity with all three rows of seats in use. However, the 50/50-split third row folds completely flat to create 48.4 cubic feet of space, and the 60/40-split second row folds nearly flat to make 100.7 total cubic feet.

  • "The rear cargo area is substantial with the rear seat folded down." -- Kansas City Star
  • "Cargo space was functional and plentiful in the CX-9." -- Mother Proof
  • "When it comes to interior storage, the CX-9 isn't lacking, but it isn't exceptional. We wished the center console had the deep storage compartment that you get in the smaller CX-7." -- Edmunds
  • "Every hit has a miss or two, and for the CX-9 that'd be interior storage." -- Autobytel

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