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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
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Good," frontal-offset and side-impact crashes; "marginal," roof
With the changes to ratings from both major crash-testing agencies, the Mazda CX-9's safety scores are a little less certain this year.
The CX-9 is arguably one of the safest vehicles in its class, but it's not yet been rated for the 2011 model year by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The federal agency has changed how it hands out its star ratings, and as a result, many new vehicles are left unscored. We'll update this review when they publish their results.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has issued its scores, though it too has made it more difficult for vehicles to rank highly. The CX-9 gets 'good" ratings for front and side impact protection, but the IIHS says its roof-crush protection is "marginal," which means the crossover doesn't get the Top Safety Pick award.
The CX-9 comes with standard dual front, side and curtain airbags; active headrests; and anti-lock brakes, traction and electronic stability control.
A blind-spot monitoring system is standard on the Grand Touring edition, and a rear backup camera is available with that model's navigation package, but neither feature is offered on Touring or Sport models.
The IIHS adores the 2011 Mazda CX-9's crash safety--except for a low rollover rating.