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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars, front impact protection; five stars, side impact protection; four stars, rollover protection
Good, frontal offset impact; Good, side impact; Marginal, rear crash protection
enormous blind spots
With high ratings for impact protection from both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2008 Mazda CX-7 is a very safe vehicle for front seat occupants. The NHTSA gives it five stars for crash protection and four for rollover protection. Rear seat occupants in this 2008 Mazda might not fare as well, though, as the IIHS gives it a “marginal” rating for rear crash protection.
Standard safety features are key selling points for many automakers, including Mazda. 2008 CX-7s come with "all-disc antilock brakes, an electronic stability system and traction control, all standard," reports Cars.com. On all trim levels of the 2008 Mazda CX-7, "front side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags come standard," says Edmunds. Also standard are brake assist and a tire pressure monitor.
In reviews read by TheCarConnection.com, there were some issues with the 2008 Mazda CX-7's blind spots that are important to note here in detail, in the interest of safety. Cars.com writes, "Time and time again, over 400 miles of driving, the blind spots forced double- and triple- checks of all the mirrors and a cautionary turn of the head over the shoulder...My wife remarked on how much worse the blind spots were than those in her 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee." The reviewer attributes the "enormous blind spots" to the 2008 Mazda CX-7's narrow side windows, writing that the "reduction in glass means reduction in visibility." However, other reviewers disagree; the CX-7 Mazda 2008, according to ConsumerGuide, has "good all around visibility."
In an impact, the 2008 Mazda CX-7 is one of the safest crossovers on the market, but its blind spots may put you in harm's way.