The new Mazda CX-5, which isn’t far removed from the model it succeeds, has just been granted the top safety pick+ award by the International Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) which, as the title suggests, makes it one of the safest cars in the eyes of this institute.
Like the previous model, the new-generation CX-5 achieved a five-star rating in all of the IIHS’s crashworthiness tests, which include small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints evaluations.
In addition to this, the CX-5 also comes standard with active emergency braking which, alongside the optional high-beam assist headlamps, further aids the crossover’s cause and grants it the additional ‘+’ symbol.
This award was granted to the American-spec CX-5. However, it isn’t much different to SA’s entry-level 2,0 Active trim, which features the active emergency braking and the six-airbag setup as standard.