10 Safest SUVs of 2015

MY15 Mazda CX-5 First Drive

Photo by The National Roads and Motorists’ Association

2. Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 scored “good” in all areas, and “advanced” in the front crash prevention test, according to the IIHS. The optional smart city brake support system avoided a collision at 12 mph, but failed to reduce impact speed in the 25 mph test. The child seat LATCH system scored a rating of “acceptable” due to other hardware being easily confused for the anchors. The roof withstood 5.47 times the vehicle’s weight before crushing 5 inches, earning it a “good” rating. In the small overlap front test, the Mazda CX-5 scored “good” in all areas except structure and safety cage, where it scored “acceptable”. Driver space was reasonably well maintained, with a maximum intrusion of 8 cm at the upper hinge pillar and instrument panel. Measurements taken from the dummy indicated a low risk of any significant injury in a crash of this severity.

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