2015 Mazda CX-9 Earns Four-Star Safety Rating From Federal Government

WASHINGTON — The 2015 Mazda CX-9 midsize SUV earned a four-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Five stars is the highest rating.

The rating applies to front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions of the 2015 CX-9.

The 2015 CX-9 received three stars in the front crash test, five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the rollover crash test.

It is on sale now at Mazda dealerships.

Standard safety equipment on the 2015 CX-5 includes six airbags, antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability control.

Options include a blind-spot monitoring system and rearview camera.

The 2015 CX-9 earned mixed results in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, earning "good" ratings in the moderate front overlap and side crash tests, but a "poor" rating in the small overlap front crash test. It also earned "marginal" ratings in the roof strength and restraints-and-seats evaluations.

The forces in the moderate front overlap test are similar to those that would result from a frontal offset crash between two vehicles of the same weight, each going just under 40 mph.

IIHS' small overlap front test is designed to replicate what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object like a tree or utility pole.

Key competitors to the CX-9 include the Acura MDX, BMW X5 and Hyundai Santa Fe.

Edmunds says: Shoppers in this segment should be aware that the 2015 Acura MDX and 2015 BMW X5 earned the top five-star overall safety rating from NHTSA. The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe has not been rated.