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Mazda has announced that the 2017 Mazda CX-9 has earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating, the highest score from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. The new CX-9 earned the highest “good” ratings in the collision and occupancy protection tests and passed the IIHS’s new headlight tests with its standard LED lighting.

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“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,” said Masashi Otsuka, VP of R&D and design, MNAO, who served as the CX-9’s program manager in his previous role with Mazda Motor Corporation in Hiroshima, Japan. “We wanted to create a vehicle that could delight couples or shuttle families with the same effortlessness. Now, we are proud to say that the IIHS has recognized CX-9 for its safety, highlighting the achievements of our engineering team.”

The IIHS also tested the CX-9’s automatic emergency braking capabilities, in which it also earned a “Good” rating.

Source: Mazda