Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com find a lot to like in the comfort offered by the 2009 Mazda CX-9, though as with many crossovers, third-row adult passengers may deem it suitable only for short trips.
ConsumerGuide describes the 2009 Mazda CX-9 as having "ample legroom with chair-height seating [that] provides a commanding view forward and to the side."
Kelley Blue Book says seating is a high priority in this Mazda; the CX-9 blends "front bucket seats and two-tone trim [that says] 'sports car'" with the passenger comfort and cargo capacity of a minivan. Second-row seats can be folded down to afford extra legroom for adults in the third-row seats. Additionally, the second-row seat slides five inches and has "reclining backrests." Motor Trend cautions that "of course, the Mazda CX-9 isn't perfect, delivering the slightest first-row legroom of the other three-row crossovers in its class."
Edmunds says the "the 60/40-split second-row seat offers 5 inches of fore and aft travel for added comfort." They further describe the 2009 Mazda CX-9: "although the measurements for passenger accommodation are impressive, the CX-9 still seems a little tight to us (especially in headroom)." New for 2009, Mazda CX-9 Sport trims receive heated seats and outside mirrors in the Power Seat Package.
With 100.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the second- and third-rows folded flat, the Mazda CX-9 is perfect for weekend trips to IKEA. Cars.com points out that cargo room is decent in the Mazda; 2009's CX-9 has "17.2 cubic feet of cargo room behind the 50/50-split third-row seat, which can also fold flat." ConsumerGuide notes that "the center console looks large but doesn't have much volume."
J.D. Power predicts the Mazda CX-9 reliability score as 9.0 out of 10. The build quality is as sturdy as you might expect from Mazda. Car and Driver notes the "top-notch interior," and figures "the [Mazda 2009] CX-9 should enjoy an impressive resale value." Consumer Reports says, though, "first year reliability has been below average." ConsumerGuide remarks, "some materials feel hard to the touch and sound hollow, cheapening the atmosphere a bit" and "coarse-surface tire thrum is intrusive, particularly in the Grand Touring." They also dislike the instrument panel lighting, pointing out there are only two settings: day (which is too bright) and night (which is too dim).