Mazda CX-9 Named Top Safety Pick + by IIHS
Company’s Largest SUV Aces Every Institute Test
The Top Safety Pick+ award, given out by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), is one of the auto industry’s most coveted honors. Safer cars attract all sorts of people, ranging from parents of teen drivers and hardcore commuters to elderly empty-nesters and young families. Well, Mazda can add itself to the shopping lists of those safety-minded consumers, since the 2017 CX-9 is the market’s newest TSP+.
The three-row crossover earned its IIHS status by acing each of the institute’s crash and vehicle safety tests, garnering “Good” scores on the small overlap front offset (see video below), moderate overlap front offset, side impact, roof strength, and head restraint tests. In addition, a TSP+ vehicle must have available front collision prevention technology with an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating, plus headlight performance that receives an “Acceptable” or “Good” score. The CX-9 Grand Touring and CX-9 Signature both earn “Superior” collision prevention ratings and “Acceptable” headlight ratings.
The CX-9’s safety performance puts it in good company in its class. Other TSP+ winners include the more expensive Acura MDX and key competitors Honda Pilot, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Toyota Highlander. And the CX-9 outpaced even the legendary Volvo XC90, which only earned a TSP (no plus).
Setting the CX-9 apart from those vehicles is its interior and exterior styling, which look like they could belong to a much more expensive vehicle. Furthermore, the CX-9’s athletic, 250hp 2.5L turbocharged I-4 and SKYACTIV manufacturing ethos imbue it with the agility and efficiency that we’ve come to expect from the manufacturer. And with an impressive safety rap sheet, there’s little to recommend against the biggest Mazda.
Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety