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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
Although the 2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata hasn't been rated yet in crash tests, it has many standard safety features, and stability control is available.
According to ConsumerGuide, the 2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata features front driver and passenger airbags, as well as side airbags that "provide head and torso protection.”
Other safety features available on the MX-5 include a tire-pressure monitoring system, which can prevent accidents by alerting the driver when the air pressure is low. A good braking system with anti-lock brakes and vehicle stability control also help keep riders safe, though the stability control system is an option only on the most expensive version of the 2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata.
Crash-test data is lacking for the 2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata, but standard safety gear is what you’d expect from a modern roadster.