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2013 Mazda CX-5 Latest to Receive IIHS Top Safety Pick Award

Jason UdyMar 20, 2012
Mazda's all-new 2013 CX-5 crossover is the latest small SUV to earn an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick award. It received a "good" rating -- the highest rating possible -- in all tests including frontal offset, side impact, roof strength (in rollover situations), and rear-end collision tests.
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In 2010, the IIHS made the criteria for earning the Top Safety Pick award tougher by adding the roof strength test. The IIHS measures roof strength by pushing a metal plate against one corner of the vehicle's roof until it crushes in five inches. The result is compared to the vehicle weight to determine the roof's strength-to-weight ratio. The IIHS requires a minimum strength-to-weight ratio of 4.0 or better to earn a good rating: the CX-5 had a 5.47 strength-to-weight ratio. Since the addition of the roof strength test in 2010, only two Mazdas have earned the Top Safety Pick award: the CX-5 crossover and the Mazda3.
The Mazda CX-5 crossover joins other small SUV Top Safety Picks including the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan, 2012 Honda CR-V, 2012 Subaru Forester, 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, 2012 Hyundai Tucson, 2012 Kia Sportage, and 2012 Jeep Patriot (with optional side airbags).
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Small SUVs that didn't make the cut because of the roof strength test include: The 2012 Nissan Rogue, 2012 Toyota RAV4, 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander, and 2012 Ford Escape.
Although the 2013 Mazda CX-5 earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick award, it hasn't yet been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

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