CX-5 earns IIHS top safety pick

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By Eddie Treacy

Mazda’s CX-5 scored the highest possible crash rating from all tests conducted, reports the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Don Romano, president of Mazda Canada, said he is satisfied with the outcome and gives credit to all the employees of Mazda and the hard work they put into the car.

“Earning a Top Safety Pick distinction from the IIHS further exemplifies Mazda's dedication for creating products that offer the best of everything that consumers want: fuel economy, performance, handling and, most importantly, safety,” said Romano.

Vehicles receive ratings based on results from the Institute’s evaluations on front, side, and rear impact crash tests as well as a roof strength test (implemented in 2010), which measures occupant protection in the event of a rollover.

Each vehicle’s overall evaluation is based on measurements of intrusion specific to each crash angle and the injury impact on crash test dummies positioned within the vehicles at the time of collision.  

The CX-5, which starts at $22,995 and hit Canadian dealerships in February, is the first vehicle with the full suite Mazda’s SKYACITV technology. The innovative approach to engine and transmission efficiency, design, chassis and body construction is all aimed at improving fuel economy and performance.

Currently, the new compact offers the best highway fuel economy of any SUV including hybrids at 5.7L/100 km.

Standard safety equipment on the CX-5 includes six airbags (front, side, and full side-curtain airbags with rollover sensors), four wheel disk brakes, Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Brake Assist, Hill Launch Assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), a Traction Control System (TCS), a fold-away brake pedal assembly, front and rear crumple zones, three-point safety belts for all seating positions, front seatbelt pretensioners, second row ISOFIX child seat tether anchors and a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS).

The CX-5 has an MSRP of $22,995.