Even with a full complement of standard crash-avoidance technologies, the 2009 Mazda CX-9 performs well in crash testing. It scores five stars in all crash tests by NHTSA and earns the IIHS's "good" rating.
Motor Trend appreciates that the 2009 Mazda CX-9 "comes standard with an anti-lock brake system, electronic brake-force distribution, traction control, dynamic-stability control, and roll-stability control." An additional safety feature option is a blind-spot monitoring system, which Car and Driver describes as putting "clear yet unobtrusive light-up icons on the side mirrors."
The base-model 2009 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 add, "the CX-9 offers ample protection in the form of front, side, and side-curtain airbags as well as seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters." Furthermore, 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."