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2017 Mazda CX-5 gets IIHS ‘Top Safety Pick+’ safety award

July 13, 2017

The recently-introduced new Mazda CX-5 has picked up an important accolade in the US, in the form of a top safety award by the IIHS.

Australia’s ANCAP program is yet to crash test the new model, but the previous model was awarded the full five stars. However, it seems the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety is quite pleased with the SUV’s crash performance.

After recent crash tests, the IIHS awarded the new model the highest-order award it hands out; the Top Safety Pick+. The SUV received ‘Good’ ratings in all five areas the Institute tests, including small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof, and head restraints.

The high rating was given due to the standard fitment of front autonomous emergency braking, and an optional higher-speed version. In testing, the system avoided a collision in the 12mph (19km/h) IIHS test, while the operational system avoided a collision at 25mph (40km/h).

In terms of areas that could be improved, the IIHS says the headlights on the Grand Touring and Sport variants received an ‘Acceptable’ score, however, the Touring variant’s headlights were rated ‘Marginal’.

Even still, the IIHS only gives the Top Safety Pick+ award to cars that earn ‘Good’ across all tests, with the ‘plus’ standing only reserved for those available with autonomous emergency braking and headlights that rate ‘Acceptable’ or above.

In Australia the CX-5 continues to be the most popular SUV in the country. In the first six months of the year the local arm sold 12,924 examples. This is up 2.6 per cent on the sales figure achieved in the same six-month period last year.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.