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by Tim Beissmann

The recently launched Mazda CX-5 has been named a ‘Top Safety Pick’ after scoring the highest possible rating in the US-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crashworthiness testing procedure.

The CX-5 earned the Top Safety Pick honour by achieving a “good” rating in the frontal offset, side impact, roof strength and rear crash protection tests.

 

The IIHS rating is the first independent crashworthiness assessment of the all-new mid-sized SUV, with ANCAP, Euro NCAP and the NHTSA in the US yet to publish results.

The CX-5’s Top Safety Pick status puts it on par with seven other US-spec vehicles tested by the IIHS, including the Hyundai Tucson (ix35 in Australia), Mitsubishi Outlander Sport (ASX in Australia), Honda CR-V, Jeep Patriot, Kia Sportage, Subaru Forester, and the Volkswagen Tiguan.

Every Mazda CX-5 sold in Australia is equipped with six airbags (dual front, side and curtains) and electronic stability control (ESC), and 61 per cent of the body is made of high-tensile steel, making it lighter and stronger than the CX-7 it replaces.

The range-topping CX-5 Grand Touring is also available with the $1990 Tech Pack, which includes blind sport monitoring, high beam control, and lane departure warning driver assist features.




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