With 2017 CX-5, Mazda Adds to Its IIHS Safety Streak
The Newly Tested CX-5 Earns IIHS "Top Safety Pick+," Making It Five in A Row
We’ve always praised Mazda for consistently putting out the best driver-centered vehicle in each of its product spaces, from the CX-9 all the way down to the Mazda3. And it’s something Mazda derives a deep sense of pride from, especially given their participation in motorsports. While it’s hard to measure what exactly makes a car more driver-centered than the next, what we can measure is driver safety.
Mazda North American Operations announced today the 2017 Mazda CX-5 was named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+, which is an impressive feat. What’s more, from a brand standpoint, every IIHS-tested 2017 Mazda vehicle has achieved this rating when equipped with optional front crash-prevention and specific headlights. Mazda claims it’s the only full-line automaker to achieve the highest safety honors for each vehicle the institute has tested.
Achieving the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick+ honors means 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, per Mazda North American Operations.
Mazda cites its so-called Proactive Safety Philosophy as their guide to creating safe cars that are fun to drive. It turns out if you enjoy sitting in LA traff… err… driving your car, it helps you avoid car crashes altogether. Mazda’s philosophy, described by Masashi Otsuka, VP of research and development, is about empowering the driver, especially when it comes to driver protection.
Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE driver-aid tech includes features like Mazda Radar Cruise Control with proximity warning, Lane Keep Assist, and Traffic Sign Recognition , helping to ensure a safe and confident drive. This ensemble of safety features combined with Mazda’s SKYACTIV Technology offers great value, and is available as a $625 option for the Touring trim level, bringing the price up to $28,075 from a base MSRP of $24,045; the technology is standard on the Grand Touring version, which starts at $29,395.