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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
five of five stars" in all front and side crash tests
Good" rating for both front-offset and side-impact crashes
the CX-9 did very well [in safety tests]
The 2008 Mazda CX-9 performs well in crash testing, and has a complete range of standard and optional safety features. It scores five stars in crash testing at the NHTSA and earns the IIHS’s “good” rating.
Kelley Blue Book reviewers make note of the full blanket of safety that the 2008 Mazda CX-9 creates with "six sets of air bags" installed as "front, side and full-length side curtain" systems. Additional safety features in the standard Mazda CX-9 trim include "four-wheel, ventilated anti-lock disc brakes (ABS)."
The all-wheel-drive Mazda 2008 CX-9 models also come with the proprietary "Traction Control System (TCS) and [a] Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)" system that shifts power between all four wheels depending upon the weight carried by them at any given time. The base-model 2008 Mazda CX-9 comes with front-wheel drive and 18-inch all-weather tires. However, for about $1,300, one may upgrade to 20-inch tires and the advanced "Active Torque Split all-wheel-drive system" glowingly described by Motor Trend. They and the reviewers at ConsumerGuide also note that "There's no noticeable difference between 2WD and AWD models."
Among the safety options available are a blind-spot warning system that Cars.com reviewers note is "designed to alert drivers of items in the rear blind spot of the vehicle." Additionally, Mazda offers a rearview camera that Jalopnik says alerts drivers to obstacles behind the vehicle via a "high-res 2.4[-inch] LCD display housed inside an automatic-dimming rear view mirror."
Less top-heavy than most sport utilities, the 2008 Mazda CX-9 crossover is remarkably stable, sturdy, and laden with safety features, making it eminently suitable for a family vehicle.