In the short time it has been on sale, the 2013 Mazda CX-5 compact crossover has already made waves, earning critical accolades, lots of positive press, and even killing off one of its own stablemates. Now comes word that the five-passenger hauler has won its first safety award, earning a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
To earn the award, a vehicle must get best-possible scores of “Good” in front, side, rear and rollover tests. In addition, the vehicle must offer stability control. The 2013 Mazda CX-5 passed the tests with flying colors, especially in the tough roof-crush test. The IIHS uses a hydraulic press to push a huge metal plate against the roof of the test car, and the vehicle is measured by its resistance to the force. The IIHS measures the maximum force sustained by the roof before five inches of crush is achieved, and that is then compared to the vehicle’s weight. Vehicles with a strength-to-weight ratio of 4 or better earn the “Good” rating; the 2013 Mazda CX-5 earned a 5.47.
The Mazda CX-5 is the second Mazda to earn the IIHS Top Safety Pick award. The other is the 2012 Mazda3 hatchback and sedan. Both vehicles feature Mazda’s new SkyActiv fuel-saving technology, which earns the 2013 Mazda CX-5 up to 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway when equipped with a manual transmission.