2009 Mazda Tribute Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2009 Mazda Tribute was new.


Interior: 7.8

The five-seat 2009 Tribute gets so-so reviews for its stylish yet fussy interior design and ample -- but not impressive -- cargo space.

  • "The Tribute's revamped cabin is now even quieter and pairs contrasting light and dark interior trim panels on all models." -- Kelley Blue Book


The Tribute's five-passenger cabin is spacious and comfortable. A six-way power driver's seat is standard on all Touring models, as well as an adjustable driver's seat lumbar support. Touring levels also feature driver and passenger seatback pockets.

  • "The rest of the interior is reasonably spacious, particularly in the theater-style rear seat." -- Car and Driver
  • "The front seats are well bolstered and comfortable. The rear seat, although roomy enough for adults, is flat and devoid of recline or fore-and-aft adjustments." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The Tribute comes with plenty of interior features. However, several reviewers complain about the poor ergonomics.

  • "The new dashboard brings with it a new ergonomic layout but, alas, few ergonomic improvements. Its dozens of black buttons and knobs were difficult to distinguish from one another, especially against the black trim surround pieces. And if you're wearing sunglasses, forget it." -- Car and Driver
  • "Gauges are legible, stow-space generous and key controls well-placed and logically arrayed, but bright sun conditions tend to create annoying reflections on the glossy Piano Black accent bits and frequently overpower the already marginal clock-and-radio digital display readout." -- Kelley Blue Book


The Tribute has 29.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row of seats and 66.3 cubic feet with the seats folded down -- adequate enough, but not great for the class.

  • "However, making the most of its 66-cubic-foot capacity requires folding down the 60/40-split rear seatbacks, but only after removing three headrests and tumbling the lower cushions. Is it wrong for us to expect better these days?" -- Car and Driver

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