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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars, front impacts; five stars, side impacts
Not tested, but 2009 models received "good," frontal offset impact; "good," side impact
“All versions include stability and traction control as standard”
The 2010 Mazda CX-7 is a safety-first, family-oriented vehicle, and reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that the CX-7 doesn’t disappoint in this category.
The 2010 Mazda CX-7 carries over structurally from 2009, so crash-test results should be comparable to those of the previous version. NHTSA’s tests show that the CX-7 is remarkably crashworthy, and the Mazda crossover scores a perfect five-star rating in frontal and side impact categories. The IIHS has not yet released scores for the 2010 Mazda CX-7, but last year’s model earned the Institute’s highest possible rating, “good,” in both the frontal offset and side impact tests.
A number of desirable family-friendly safety features come standard on the 2010 Mazda CX-7. According to Car and Driver, the 2010 Mazda CX-7 lineup features “stability and traction control as standard,” and they point out that the CX-7 offers “a blind-spot monitoring system—similar to that on the Mazda 6 and CX-9.” Cars.com reviewers add that the CX-7 boasts standard “side-impact and side curtain airbags,” along with “standard antilock braking…with brake assist.” The 2010 Mazda CX-7 also boasts a tire-pressure monitoring system that will alert you if any of your tires becomes dangerously low on air pressure.
Although TheCarConnection.com’s editors, along with many other reviewers, feel that visibility is impaired in the CX-7, ConsumerGuide reports that, “despite its curvy styling, visibility is quite good all around.” The jury is still out, but another feature that aids visibility is the optional blind-spot monitoring system, which should help keep drivers out of trouble on the highway.
The 2010 Mazda CX-7 offers good occupant protection, while it has a number of features and attributes that may help avoid a crash in the first place.