Mazda seems too far ahead in Safety technology for having four of its vehicles chosen as the safest on the road. Very recently, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has included the Japanese automaker’s CX-9 among the Top Safety Pick+ ratings along with the CX3 crossover, the Mazda 6 and the Mazda 3.
While its highly advanced crash avoidance system lead to its Top Safety Pick rating +, the CX-9 scored the highest in all 5 crash tests which included rigorous testing on the new LED headlights.
Other midsize SUVs that have earned the top spot are Toyota Highlander, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Honda Pilot. Meanwhile, the highest slot in the midsize luxury category went to Volvo’s XC60, Mercedes-Benz’s GLE, the Lexus RX /NX, Buick Envision, Audi Q5 as well as Acura’s RDX and MDX models.
Priced at $31,520, the new Mazda CX-9 nearly has the same retail price as Mazda’s MX-5 RF, which costs more than $35,000. All its new models manufactured after November 2016 comes with the new improved side curtain airbags that add more protection for the passenger during front and side collisions.
The crash test categories also consisted of stringent overlap procedure to where the CX-9 received the highest mark in avoiding frontal crash. Similarly, the SUV’s crash avoidance system was proven effective in preventing collisions after the IIHS performed some assessments of its automatic braking system.
Apparently, the CX-9’s Smart Brake Support and Smart City Brake systems are also significant both in the 12 miles per hour and 25 miles per hour low and high speed testing.
Other tech for safety on the CX-9 includes blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, high beam assist, lane keep assist and cruise control. The CX-9 has also earned the best headlights, having been rated as “Acceptable” based on the IIHS standards.
Taking in a new platform, the 2017 CX-9 is virtually similar to all of Mazda’s current models. It comes with the same SKYACTIV-BODY technology that has a certain ring structure that helps provide more safety for the passengers. Having said that, this is the only time it received accolades from the IIHS. It’s prrimarily because the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety waited until this year to conduct the test or almost after a year after the CX-9 has received its major overhaul.
It is worth noting that the 2nd generation Mazda CX-9 has not been rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as of this time. Mazda’s 1st generation CX-9 earned a 4-star overall rating in the previous test.