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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars, all frontal and side crash tests; four stars, rollover rating
Good," frontal-offset and side-impact crashes; "marginal," rear-impact protection
The 2010 Mazda CX-9 scores very well in crash tests and has all the requisite safety features for family-oriented buyers; for those who want to option up, there are several handy tech features that might help in accident avoidance.
The CX-9 scores five stars in all crash tests by NHTSA and earns the IIHS's "good" rating.
Motor Trend assesses that "the CX-9 offers ample protection in the form of front, side, and side-curtain airbags as well as seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters."
Motor Trend also appreciates that the 2010 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." Active headrests are also standard for front-seat occupants.
Jalopnik points out that the rearview camera system alerts drivers to obstacles behind the vehicle via a "high-res 2.4[-inch] LCD display housed inside an automatic-dimming rear view mirror."
The very family-friendly design of the 2010 Mazda CX-9 doesn’t skip anything with respect to safety.