2018 Mazda CX-5 Named IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus

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, Automotive Editor - July 23, 2018
2018 Mazda CX-5

As safety standards continue to increase, automakers are adapting yearly to receive better safety ratings. One vehicle that’s continuously improved its safety rating since its introduction as a 2013 model is the Mazda CX-5 crossover. The crossover recently earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick Plus designation after the Japanese automaker improved its product.

Mazda improved the CX-5’s rating by improving the crossover’s headlight options, which now include LED projector headlights with high-beam assist. The upgraded headlights improve nighttime visibility for the driver, which could prove vital if there's an obstruction in the road or someone walking down the road.

This gives the Mazda the highest rating of “Good” across almost all of the IIHS' crash test categories, which include small front and passenger overlap, moderate front overlap, side, roof strength, head restraints and seats, headlights, and front crash prevention.

The front crash prevention category encompasses technology to mitigate frontal crushes such as automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning. These systems monitors the road ahead of the CX-5 for slowing or stopped vehicles and either prepares the brakes or begins breaking if the driver doesn’t intervene.

Mazda CX-5

The only area the CX-5 didn't receive a “Good” rating was the child seat anchor (LATCH) east of use. The crossover received an “Acceptable” rating because the lower latches were located too deep in the seat, which made access difficult.

, Automotive Editor

Anthony Alaniz is an award-winning journalist living in southeast Michigan. His professional writing career spans nearly a decade, ranging from writing for the local newspaper to Autoweek and Motor1. When he's not writing about cars, he covers the horror film genre at Modernhorrors.com.

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