The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has awarded the 2017 Mazda CX-5 with a Top Safety Pick+ award – the agency’s highest honor.

The redesigned crossover received Good ratings in all five of the IIHS’ crash tests. In the often-difficult small-overlap front evaluation, the results showed 2.4 inches (6 centimeters) of intrusion at the brake pedal and 1.6 to 2.4 inches (4 to 6 cm) at the instrument pillar. The seatbelt controlled the dummy’s movement, and its head contacted the front airbag. The sensors indicated a low risk of significant injuries


The CX-5’s front crash prevention system received two points for an Advanced rating with the model’s standard tech, and the sensors were able to stop the CUV from 12 miles per hour (19 kilometers per hour). The i-Activsense Package on the Touring and Grand Touring trims earned five points (out of a maximum of six) for a Superior score. While it lacks forward collision warning, the technology avoided collisions from 12 mph and 25 mph (40 kph).

2017 Mazda CX-5: First Drive

The CX-5’s worst scores came from its LED projector headlights. The units for the Touring trim received a Marginal rating (a step up from the lowest Poor score), and those marks remained even with the i-Activsense package’s high-beam assist. The Sport trim, which doesn’t have high-beam assist, earned an Acceptable score (one grade better than Poor). Finally, the Grand Touring with high-beam assist and curve-adaptive lights also has an Acceptable rating.

The 2017 CX-5 went on sale in late March. In Motor1’s First Drive, Senior Editon Jake Holmes praised the new model's reduction of noise in the cabin. “On any road surface, the persistent hum and drone that filled the cabin of the last CX-5 is gone. Conversations are easy, and you no longer have to crank the radio to actually hear it over road and wind noises.” Buyers can also look for a diesel model in the lineup in the second half of 2017. 

Source: Mazda, Insurance Institute For Highway Safety, 2

Gallery: 2017 Mazda CX-5: First Drive

Photo by: Jake Holmes
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July 11, 2017

IRVINE, Calif. (July 11, 2017) – Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today announced that its 2017 Mazda CX-5 compact crossover SUV has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) “Top Safety Pick+” designation, the nonprofit institution’s highest rating. Every 2017 model year Mazda vehicle tested by IIHS has been rated a Top Safety Pick+, when equipped with optional front crash-prevention and specific headlights, leaving Mazda as the only full-line automaker able to make such a claim.

CX-5 has been awarded as a Top Safety Pick every year since its debut in 2012. This marks the fifth-consecutive year as a “Top Safety Pick+” winner. CX-5’s standard Smart City Brake Support and the effectiveness of its standard LED headlights were both instrumental to CX-5 earning top scores in the latest, strictest additions to IIHS’s safety criteria.

“Our Mazda Proactive Safety Philosophy guides us to develop cars and crossover SUVs that are nimble and direct-feeling to help a driver avoid incidents altogether. Our vehicles are designed and engineered to help protect the driver and passengers if a collision happens,” said Masashi Otsuka, VP of research and development, MNAO. “To Mazda, safety is about empowering the driver as much as helping to protect him or her. We’re proud of the accomplishments of the CX-5 development team and appreciative of the IIHS’s recognition.”

To attain “Top Safety Pick+” honors, a vehicle must earn the highest rating of “Good” for 2017 in five crashworthiness tests; an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating for front crash prevention; and an “Acceptable” or “Good” headlight rating.

From driving alone or transporting the whole family, additional proactive safety and i-ACTIVSENSE driver-aid technologies are available on the freshly redesigned 2017 CX-5, such as Mazda Radar Cruise Control with close proximity warning, Lane Keep Assist and Traffic Sign Recognition, to help ensure a safe and confident drive. By bringing together enhanced safety features, the latest innovations in Mazda’s lightweight, efficient SKYACTIV Technology and wrapped in elegant KODO—Soul of Motion design, CX-5 also keeps wallets safe by providing remarkable value at a starting MSRP[2] of $24,045. The 2017 CX-5 is currently available in Mazda dealerships nationwide.

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