2022 Mazda CX-9 Interior and Cargo

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2022 CX-9 Interior

The Mazda CX-9 has a superb interior. It takes a minimalistic approach in terms of design, yet it remains an ergonomic masterpiece. The controls are logical, and the new 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system looks more mature than the outgoing one.

The standard black cloth on the Sport model is a bit dull, but it does have a generous standard specification and the excellent build-quality present on other models. The Touring trim includes black leather upholstery, which makes a big difference. Higher up in the trim levels, you get more leather and trim options, but the top-spec Signature takes it to another level with the quilted leather and wood inserts.

Space is generous in the first two rows, but the third row only has enough space for children. The only real problem we have with the Mazda is the lack of usable cargo capacity when all three rows are up.

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Seating and Interior Space

The CX-9 is a three-row vehicle with space for up to seven passengers, though Mazda offers second-row captain's chairs that limit the seating capacity to six people. First row occupants have plenty of head and legroom, though we have long found knee space limited in this model due to a large center console. The second-row feels more commodious with 39.4 inches of legroom and 38.5 inches of headroom, though rivals like the Telluride and Palisade offer more. We particularly love the optional captain's chairs, which add a handy center console between the second-row seats. The third row still feels like a weak point for the CX-9, with 29.7 inches of legroom best reserved for children or adults on short trips. In terms of passenger space, the CX-9 struggles to match many of its rivals.

2022 Mazda CX-9 Interior Dimensions:

Mazda CX-9 TrimsSportTouringTouring PlusCarbon EditionGrand TouringSignature
Seating777676
Headroom Front Seat39.3 in.39.3 in.40.1 in.40.1 in.40.1 in.40.1 in.
Headroom Back Seat38.5 in.38.5 in.38.5 in.38.5 in.38.5 in.38.5 in.
Legroom Front Seat41 in.41 in.41 in.41 in.41 in.41 in.
Legroom Back Seat39.4 in.39.4 in.39.4 in.39.4 in.39.4 in.39.4 in.
Shoulder Room Front57.9 in.57.9 in.57.9 in.57.9 in.57.9 in.57.9 in.
Shoulder Room Rear58.1 in.58.1 in.58.1 in.58.1 in.58.1 in.58.1 in.
Hip Room, Front56.7 in.56.7 in.56.7 in.56.7 in.56.7 in.56.7 in.
Hip Room, Rear57.4 in.57.4 in.57.4 in.57.4 in.57.4 in.57.4 in.

Interior Colors and Materials

Black cloth trim is the only option available on the base model, but it's leather from there on. The Touring and Grand Touring are available with Black or Sand leather but the new Carbon Edition comes with model-specific red leather seats. The Signature comes with two color options for the new quilted leather seats; Deep Chestnut or Parchment Nappa, both of which feel like they belong in a much pricier vehicle.

A leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter are standard across the range, but the base model comes with dull plastic trim on the dash. The Touring and Grand Touring feature aluminum trim. The Signature is adorned with Santos Rosewood trim and the new patterned aluminum inserts.

Overall, the Mazda's interior is a magnificent place to spend time. You're going to struggle to find a substandard piece of plastic. We'd go as far as stating that Mazda is currently building cars with German-like quality interiors. And at a reasonable price.

2022 CX-9 Trunk and Cargo Space

Most crossovers and SUVs at this price point tend to be boxes on wheels. The CX-9 is more sculpted and far more pleasing to the eye. This design does have a downside, and unfortunately, it's a lack of space. In addition to the third-row only being suitable for children, the cargo capacity is also below par. With three rows in place, the Mazda can only muster 14.4 cubic feet of cargo room. The Honda Pilot offers up to 18.5 cubes depending on the third-row position, while the Ford Explorer offers 18.2 cubic feet. The CX-9's available cargo room with three rows up is good enough for day-to-day errands, but no more than that. With the third row folded flat, the cargo capacity increases to 38.2 cubic feet. With the second row folded flat, it expands to 71.2 cubic feet. This is still some way off the Honda Pilot's 83.9 cubic feet of space.

The cabin storage is plentiful. The door pockets are a reasonable size, and each row gets two cupholders. With the standard seating configuration, there's only one center armrest with a storage bin. When you opt for the second-row captain's chair arrangement, you also get a second armrest with a storage bin.

2022 Mazda CX-9 Trunk and Cargo Space Photos

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2022 Mazda CX-9 Bed Size:

Mazda CX-9 TrimsSportTouringTouring PlusCarbon EditionGrand TouringSignature
Box Width (Wheelhousings)40.2 in.40.2 in.40.2 in.40.2 in.40.2 in.40.2 in.
Box Height (Area)30.3 in.30.3 in.30.3 in.30.3 in.30.3 in.30.3 in.

2022 CX-9 Infotainment and Features

Features

Mazda's people were feeling extremely generous the day they decided on the CX-9's standard specification. The most important, in our opinion, is the i-Activsense safety suite, standard across all models. It includes forward collision avoidance, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, blind-spot warning, and rear cross-traffic alert. What an excellent move to add so many driver's assistance features on a family vehicle as standard. Higher-specification models also come with parking sensors front and rear, and a surround-view camera.

The base Sport comes with tri-zone climate control, keyless entry with push-button start, and cruise control. The Touring adds advanced keyless entry and start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power liftgate, two additional USB chargers for the second row, and a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat. The front seats on the Touring and Sport are heated as well. The Grand Touring and Carbon Edition come with heating for the second row and the steering wheel. The front seats are upgraded even further to include ventilation and driver-seat memory. From the Touring specification upwards, the second-row Captain Chairs can be added as a no-cost option.

Infotainment

For the 2021 model year, the CX-9 gains a standard 10.25-inch infotainment screen, powered by the latest software that first arrived in the Mazda 3. This system's graphics look more mature and less cartoony than the old one, though Mazda oddly decided to leave the CX-9's rotating controller unchanged without switching to the new one from the Mazda 3 and CX-30. Mazda still frustratingly locks the touchscreen while the vehicle is in motion, meaning this system isn't as intuitive as it could be. Luckily, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are now standard across the board. A six-speaker sound system comes standard, while a Bose Centerpoint premium unit with 12 speakers is available on the Touring trim and standard from the Cardon Edition up. Other standard features include SMS text message audio delivery and reply and Pandora integration. Built-in satellite navigation comes standard on the Grand Touring and above.

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