This 2009 Mazda is best suited for couples who occasionally transport guests or cargo; as a family hauler, its limited legroom and headroom won't win many fans.
Most reviews read by TheCarConnection.com react positively to the Mazda CX-7’s front passenger space and comfort but not so much to the second row, which is too tight for long trips. Edmunds relates: "Previously not as roomy as the Mazda, this year's Forester slightly edges out the CX-7 when it comes to legroom and cargo capacity." Not only is legroom tight in back due to the swooping styling, headroom suffers as well. ConsumerGuide warns "taller folks might want more head clearance." Even shorter folks may take issue with the 2009 Mazda CX-7, they note, as the "high-ride stance makes step-in a bit steep" and "disappointingly [the steering wheel] is not telescopic." But, Car and Driver states, "It's far easier to get a bike inside the CX-7 than in an Escalade." One bright spot is that 2009 Mazda CX-7 Sports are now available with dual heated front seats with power driver seat, as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
The CX-7 has "below-average interior utility," according to Edmunds, of the reasons for buying a crossover is cargo capability, and yet, according to them, the 2009 Mazda CX-7's luggage capacity "trails most of its competitors...with more than 10 cubic feet less capacity than the RAV4 and CR-V" at 58.6 cubic feet maximum. Worse, as ConsumerGuide notes, "total space is small by class standards. Loading is hampered by a high deck." While the center console bin is laptop-sized, there is a dearth of smaller storage spaces in the 2009 CX-7s cabin.
The top-line Grand Touring has distinctive leather from lower models. Quality of materials and assembly are mostly good in this Mazda; 2009 CX-7s in reviews read by TheCarConnection.com variously exhibit solid build quality but poor finishing details. For example, Edmunds calls build quality "very good [with] spot-on ergonomics," but ConsumerGuide is "let down by a few budget-grade plastics and unconvincing silver paint that passes for metal accents."
ConsumerGuide notes that "engine and wind noise [in the 2009 Mazda CX-7] are more than acceptable." One model they tested "suffered from a dashboard rattle when going over rippled pavement."