The interior of the Mazda CX-9 GT AWD combines a luxury feel with the need to carry multiple people.
The driver and passenger seats are power adjustable and heated. They are also bolstered, but the seats are on the wide side for me. For a female perspective, I brought in my wife and she loved the seats.
The steering wheel is leather wrapped and has redundant controls for the infotainment system. I found it to be slightly too thin. For a female perspective, I brought in my wife who found the thickness to be fine.
The first time I started the CX-9, I couldn’t find the start button. Instead, I used this knob to start the crossover. I thought that it was dumb to not have a start button, until I figured out what Mazda was up to….
…. If you remove the cap, you can use the redundant key in the keyfob to start the CX-9. The use case is that if the batteries in the keyfob go dead. You’re not stuck someplace unable to drive. Clever!
The center console is interesting. At the top is a display (in red which is a bit of a trademark for Mazda) that show left and right front passenger temperature, clock, and fuel economy. In the middle is the infotainment system and below that are the HVAC controls which are dual zone.
Below that is a classy looking shift lever and a pair of cupholders…
Behind the cupholders is a decent sized storage area with a 12V, USB, and 1/8″ jack.
Allows quick access to the third row. It’s big enough that you could have adults sit back there in a pinch and not complain as long as the second row passengers co-operate by moving their seats forward. Another note: The rear doors open wide for easy entry and exit.
Third row passengers get cupholders on each side of the CX-9.
…..Along with a 12V outlet that is handy to have.
There is a moonroof for the front passengers as well.
The surfaces that you touch are a mix of hard and soft materials. Plus the fit and finish is excellent. Everything that the driver could possibly need falls easily to hand as well. In short, everything interior wise is well thought through.
In part four of this review, I will cover the technology in the car. Stay tuned!