2011 Mazda CX-9

midsize SUV / 4-door SUV

2011 Mazda CX-9 4-door SUV
2010 Mazda CX-9 shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Other available safety features

  • Optional blind spot detection

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2007-15 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Mazda CX-9 Touring 4-door 4wd

The Mazda CX-9 was introduced in the 2007 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Restraints and dummy kinematics
The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side as the steering column moved 33 cm to the right, resulting in little airbag cushioning for the chest. Additionally, the side curtain airbag did not deploy, allowing the head to hit the intruding driver door window frame and window sill.

Action shot taken during the small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was not maintained well.

During the crash, the dummy's head and torso barely contacted the airbag before sliding off to the left as the steering column moved far to the right. Extensive intrusion and lack of a side curtain airbag deployment allowed the head to hit the door window frame, as indicated by smeared grease paint.

Door hinge pillar and instrument panel intrusion was extensive and contributed to a moderate risk of injury to the left knee.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2007-15 models

Tested vehicle: 2008 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 4-door 4wd

The Mazda CX-9 was introduced in the 2007 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained very well.

A high head acceleration occurred when the dummy's head hit the steering wheel through the airbag.

Forces on the lower right leg were high enough to indicate the possibility of injuries.

Side

Rating applies to 2007-15 models

Tested vehicle: 2008 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 4-door 4wd with standard head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Mazda CX-9 was introduced in the 2007 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain airbag.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2010-15 models built after June 2010

Tested vehicle: 2010 Mazda CX-9 Sport 4-door 4wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 4,463 lbs
Peak force 12,562 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 2.81

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2010-12 models

Seat type: Power leather seat (AHR)

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry