All CX-7 models come with electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist, front side airbags, and side-curtain airbags that cover both rows.
While the 2011 Mazda CX-7 gets top 'good' ratings for frontal and side impact from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the agency only gives it 'marginal' ratings for rear impact (whiplash-related) and roof strength (rollover-related). Both of those ratings are worrisome.
The federal government hasn't yet rated the CX-7 with its tougher new system introduced for 2011, but under the previous test method it did also get top (five-star) scores in frontal and side impact.
Our editors have found outward visibility to be better in the CX-7 than in many other crossover models, although some shorter drivers still might have issue with rearward vision when parking. An optional blind-spot monitoring system could help drivers with visibility on the highway.