The 2013 Mazda CX-5 has been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), adding another notable piece of hardware to its trophy case. This latest recognition for Autobytel’s 2012 Crossover of the Year is given only to vehicles that earn top scores in the IIHS’ battery of crash tests, which includes evaluations of frontal, side, rear and rollover impact protection, and it’s become a sort of “safety seal of approval” for today’s customers.
Perhaps more importantly, it’s a strong proof point for Mazda’s new approach to structural design: Although a growing number of consumers realize that the automaker’s SKYACTIV powertrain technologies are what enable the CX-5 to achieve best-in-class EPA ratings of up to 26 mpg city/35 mpg highway, less well known—but just as important—is the fact that the vehicle also boasts a SKYACTIV-Body and SKYACTIV-Chassis. Both rely on high-strength, lightweight materials that reduce the vehicle’s weight for fuel savings, but without compromising its superior crash performance.
For example, the CX-5 is the first production vehicle in the industry to use ultra-high tensile steel (capable of withstanding 1,800 MPa) in its front and rear bumpers; as a result, the new units are 20 percent stronger and 10.6 pounds lighter than past Mazda bumpers.
Mazda’s compact crossover also has a myriad of other standard safety equipment, including:
- Six airbags (including full side-curtain airbags)
- Anti-lock, four-wheel disc brakes
- Dynamic Stability Control
- Traction Control
- A fold-away brake-pedal assembly
- Front and rear crumple zones
- Three-point safety belts at all seating positions and front seatbelt pretensioners
- Daytime running lights
"The 2013 CX-5 is Mazda's first production vehicle to receive the full suite of SKYACTIV technologies, which focuses not only on fuel efficiency but also on safety and stability," said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). "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."