in 2009 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $10,261 - $12,128
Original MSRP: $23,900 - $28,400
MPG: 17 City / 23 Hwy
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2009 Mazda CX-7 Interior

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The CX-7's interior is spacious and comfortable, but there are a several downsides -- including a cramped rear seat, cheap materials and some confusing controls.

  • "Cabin decor matches CX-7 pricing, but it's let down by a few budget-grade plastics and unconvincing silver paint that passes for metal accents. One model tested suffered from a dashboard rattle when going over rippled pavement." -- Consumer Guide
  • "While Mazda had managed to match the German aesthetic, the CX-7's interior build quality was found to be lacking in a few places. For example, in certain places, the plastics that make up the center console feel cheap and hollow to the touch." -- CNET
  • "Despite its interior features, however, some drivers and reviewers detract points from the CX-7 for its interior, due to its lack of flexibility, cramped rear seat, mix of materials borrowed from other Mazdas, and controls that some find confusing." -- Car Gurus


Reviewers are generally content with the CX-7's comfort, though they aren't quite as complimentary regarding the rear seats. Several reviewers are disappointed that the CX-7 offers no third-row seat. If you need one, consider the CX-9, which is a larger -- albeit less sporty -- version of the CX-7.

  • "The seats are long trip comfortable, the controls easy to reach and figure out, and the optional sunroof makes up for the generally black dash panel." -- MarketWatch
  • "Five adults fit, but the center of the back seat is hard and thus there's just comfortable space for four tall occupants." -- MSN
  • "The back seat has more legroom than expected for the vehicle's size." -- USA Today
  • "The leather seats were comfortable." -- CNET
  • "Abundant legroom for all, but taller folks might want more head clearance. The seats are well-bolstered, but some of our testers feel they don't rise high enough for an optimal driving position. The steering wheel tilts, but, disappointingly, is not telescopic." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

Reviewers have mixed opinions on the CX-7's interior controls and features. While many feel that the interior is well appointed, others disagree, citing low-grade materials. A DVD-based navigation system with a seven-inch LCD screen is only optional for the CX-7's Grand Touring trim, but there are plenty of portable GPS units with similar features. Check out our GPS reviews to make a decision on the best device for you.

  • "Hard plastics make the interior feel cheap in places." -- CNET
  • "Testers agree the gauges are stylish but are divided on whether they're easy to read. Some testers also dislike red, night lighting. A dashtop display puts audio and climate readouts away from controls. Standard steering-wheel audio switches are a plus because the main array takes time to learn. Not so the large, simple knobs for climate functions." -- Consumer Guide
  • "There is no 'poor boy' version. Even the Sport has lots of comfort, convenience and safety features." -- MSN


The 2009 CX-7 provides 29.9 cubic feet of cargo space, which can be expanded to 58.6 cubic feet with the 60/40-split rear seat folded down.

  • "Three full-size golf bags fit into the cargo area when the rear seats are in use. But when more room is needed back there, the rear seatbacks don't fold down quite flat and the front passenger seatback doesn't fold forward at all. I guess Mazda emphasized the "zoom-zoom," rather than cargo-hauling practicality, in this crossover." -- MSN
  • "If hauling stuff is your priority, you have a herd of more suitable SUVs to pick from." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "When folded down, a 70-inch flat floor is created. Seats folded up, we still had room for a couple of dozen traffic cones, cameras and test gear." -- Edmunds
  • "The cargo area is accessed through a large opening and is roomy with the rear seats folded nearly flat, though a few tie downs and the reversible load floor are the only tricks this dog has -- there are no hidden cubbies or special touches." -- Autobytel
  • "Beats most like-sized SUVs for space behind the rear seat, but total space is small by class standards. Loading is hampered by a high deck. The cargo bay has two nice touches: a reversible carpeted/plastic rear floor panel, and easy-to-reach releases that make lowering the standard 60/40 rear seatbacks a quick operation, but they don't fold flat." -- Consumer Guide

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