MAZDA’S people-moving SUV, the CX-9, has been awarded the maximum 5-star safety rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) crash test.
The brand-new Mazda CX-9 achieved 35.87 points out of a possible 37.
The 5-star rating means the CX-9 completes the safest range ever for Mazda, with the maximum score achieved by every vehicle it sells in Australia.
The CX-9 received perfect marks for both the side and pole tests.
Whiplash and pedestrian protection were described as good – the top mark from ANCAP.
“This is the first time we’ve subjected the CX-9 to the ANCAP crash test process,” said ANCAP chief executive officer James Goodwin.
“Safety is an important consideration for buyers in this class, as this model is likely to be used to transport children and other family members.
“CX-9 buyers have previously gone without a rating so we have filled this gap with safety savvy consumers now able to enter the showroom with confidence knowing all new variants offer the top level of safety.
“For a large, heavy vehicle, it performed extremely well in each of the destructive tests and comfortably achieved a 5 star ANCAP safety rating.”
Mazda is pleased to have its entire range awarded 5 stars by ANCAP.
“We are delighted with the safety result for Brand-New Mazda CX-9, it offers peace of mind to families in the market for a premium seven-seat SUV,” said Mazda Australia managing director Martin Benders.
“This is an important day for Mazda, our range of vehicles, and buyers considering a Mazda purchase.
“Five star safety ratings across the entire range is a testament to the strength of the Mazda Proactive Safety philosophy, the impressive portfolio of active safety features - which Mazda calls i-ACTIVSENSE - and our passive safety measures - which considers the vehicle’s structural design. Combined, all of these keep occupants safer in an accident.
“I acknowledge the hard work and commitment of the Mazda team in Hiroshima who have ensured our cars offer modern, cutting-edge automotive safety technologies.”
The brand-new CX-9 goes on sale Friday June 8.