What Makes the 2017 Mazda CX-9 a Top Safety Pick+ Vehicle?
With three-rows of seating, plenty of convenience features, and surprisingly strong mileage, the 2017 Mazda CX-9 is already a top-choice among growing families, and that appeal is likely to grow with news of the vehicle’s IIHS (Insurance Institute of Highway Safety) Top Safety Pick+ Rating. It’s a designation shared by the safest models on the road, and a near-incomparable stamp of safety that adds to the Mazda CX-9’s numerous current awards.
The IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Criteria
The IIHS is an independent organization that crash tests every popular new model to enter the American market. A Top Safety Pick+ rating is the highest honor it can bestow, and the criteria have become increasingly stringent. Even so, the new Mazda CX-9 had no trouble passing with flying colors, with every crash test conducted showing a top mark of “Good.” IIHS crash tests cover:
- Small overlap front
- Moderate overlap front
- Roof strength
- Head restraints & seats
The Mazda CX-9 also passed the rigorous new headlight tests, thanks to its standard LED lighting, and it was rated “Superior” in Frontal Crash Protection. In the words of Masashi Otsuka, VP of R&D and design, “The concepts of ‘self’ and ‘family,’ as well as ‘smart indulgence’ led the way for our engineers and designers to create their ideal midsize crossover SUV.” With such respected organizations as the IIHS verifying the highest levels of safety, such efforts were clearly not wasted.
2017 Mazda CX-9 Safety
When a vehicle earns a coveted IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating, you know it has been constructed to offer the highest levels of protection should a collision occur. Of course, the Mazda CX-9 goes above and beyond by offering a score of available advanced safety systems to hopefully keep you from ever putting its crashworthiness to the test, including:
- Mazda Radar Cruise Control
- Smart City Brake Support
- Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring
- Smart Brake Support
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- Lane Departure Warning System
- Lane Keeping Assist
- Adaptive Front Lighting
- High Beam Control
- Distance Recognition Support
Find Your 2017 Mazda CX-9 at Tracy Mazda Today
It’s hard to imagine a more family-friendly three-row SUV than the 2017 Mazda CX-9. If you’d like to experience it for yourself, don’t hesitate to schedule a test drive right away using our handy online tool. You can also contact us at 888-709-9705 with any questions or concerns! While you’re here, check out our comparison between the Mazda CX-9 and the Honda Pilot.