The 2020 Mazda CX-9 earned a Top Safety Pick+ award for not only withstanding crash tests, but also preventing them, the IIHS announced Monday.

Mazda’s largest vehicle earned “Good” ratings on all six crash tests, and its automatic emergency braking system excelled at avoiding collisions with other vehicles in both 12 mph and 25 mph tests. It earned a mid-grade “Advanced” rating for automatically reducing speeds to avoid collisions with pedestrians. 

For 2020, the Mazda CX-9 comes standard with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, active lane control, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, and rear cross-traffic alerts.

The TSP+ award specifies CX-9s with LED projector headlights equipped on models built after December 2019. Those headlights were rated “Good,” and earned the highest safety accolade from the independent testing agency funded by the…

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