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2011 Mazda CX-9 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 Mazda CX-9 was new.


Interior: 8.2

Most reviewers like the 2011 Mazda CX-9’s upscale interior. Features like Bluetooth are standard, and reviewers report that the seating is comfortable.

  • "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


Reviewers are generally pleased with the CX-9's cabin, which features seating for seven in three rows. Most claim the second row of seats in the CX-9 is almost as nice as the first. Opinions on the third row are 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
  • "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

Interior Features

Reviewers are impressed with the CX-9's well-appointed cockpit. They say it's particularly well-made and its materials are more upscale than many competitors. Bluetooth and remote keyless entry are standard on all trims. A rearview camera and heated seats are optional.

  • "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
  • "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 2011 CX-9 provides 17.2 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 48.3 cubic feet of space, and the 60/40-split second row folds nearly flat making 100.7 cubic feet. That’s very good for the class, but reviewers complain about limited small-item storage.

  • "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

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