With high ratings for impact protection from both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2009 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 2009 Mazda might not fare as well, though, as the IIHS gives the 2008 CX-7 a "marginal" rating for rear crash protection.
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. Standard safety features are key selling points for many automakers, including Mazda. 2009 CX-7s come with "all-disc antilock brakes, an electronic stability system and traction control, all standard," reports Cars.com.
In reviews read by TheCarConnection.com, there are some issues with the 2009 Mazda CX-7's blind spots. Cars.com reports, "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 2009 Mazda CX-7's narrow side windows, commenting that the "reduction in glass means reduction in visibility." However, other reviewers disagree; in the CX-7 Mazda 2009, according to ConsumerGuide, "visibility is quite good all around." Regardless, if you opt for the Grand Touring model, standard turn signal indicators in the side mirrors (new for 2009) will help alert other drivers as to your intentions.