Mazda CX-9 gains top crash test rating in Australia

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Mazda CX-9 frontal offset crash test at ANCAP

ANCAP has filled the gap in crash test ratings on the large SUV segment with a 5-star award for the Mazda CX-9.

After undergoing comprehensive crash testing at the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP), the recently launched Mazda CX-9, which makes its debut in Australia this week and in New Zealand in September, received the organisation’s top 5 star safety rating.

Previously unrated, the latest generation of the seven seater CX-9 is the first to have been given a rating by the ANCAP organisation. Commenting on its success, ANCAP’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr James Goodwin said, “For a large, heavy vehicle, it performed extremely well in each of the destructive tests and comfortably achieved a 5 star ANCAP safety rating.”

The CX-9 scored well in the areas of whiplash and pedestrian protection – each assessed as providing ‘Good’ levels of performance. Additionally, the new CX-9 provides head-protecting side curtain airbags for all three seating rows, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and low-speed autonomous emergency braking (AEB City) as standard across the model range.

High-speed AEB (AEB Interurban), adaptive cruise control (ACC), lane support systems (LSS), adaptive front lighting and fatigue warning however are only available on top-spec Azami variants.

ANCAP pointed out that since this kind of vehicle is often used for the transport of children, safety is a very important consideration and the gap that had existed in the safety rating of the CX-9 has now been filled so that future consumers can make informed decisions about safety in this class of vehicle.

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