Photo of Mazda CX-5 courtesy of Mazda.
The redesigned Mazda CX-5 has qualified for the Top Safety Pick+ award, the highest honor from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Like the 2016 CX-5, the 2017 model drew the highest possible rating of “good” in all five IIHS crashworthiness tests — small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints, IIHS said.
The compact SUV comes with standard front crash prevention that drew a rating of “advanced” from IIHS. An optional, higher-speed system earned a “superior” rating. Both versions avoided a collision in the 12 mph IIHS track test, and the optional system avoided a collision at 25 mph, according to IIHS.
Headlights on the CX-5’s Grand Touring and Sport trim lines drew a rating of “acceptable.” The Grand Touring trim includes high beam assist — a feature that automatically switches between high beams and low beams, depending on the presence of other vehicles. The Touring trim comes with headlights that IIHS rated as “marginal.”
To qualify for the 2017 Top Safety Pick award, a vehicle must garner “good” crashworthiness ratings across the board. Additionally, the vehicle must have an available front crash prevention system that’s rated as “advanced” or “superior.” The Top Safety Pick+ designation is awarded to vehicles that also have headlights that IIHS deems “good” or “acceptable.”