Good news for those interested in the 2013 Mazda CX-5 crossover: The small SUV has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick award for its “good” performance in the organization’s frontal offset, side impact, roof strength (in rollover situations), and rear-end collision tests.
In 2010, the IIHS made the criteria for earning the Top Safety Pick award tougher by adding the roof strength test. The IIHS measures roof strength by pushing a metal plate against one corner of the vehicle’s roof until it crushes in five inches. The result is compared to the vehicle weight to determine the roof’s strength-to-weight ratio. The IIHS requires a minimum strength-to-weight ratio of 4.0 or better to earn a good rating: the CX-5 had a 5.47 strength-to-weight ratio. Since the addition of the roof strength test in 2010, only two Mazdas have earned the Top Safety Pick award: the CX-5 crossover and the Mazda3.
The Mazda CX-5 crossover joins other small SUV Top Safety Picks including the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan, 2012 Honda CR-V, 2012 Subaru Forester, 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, 2012 Hyundai Tucson, 2012 Kia Sportage, and 2012 Jeep Patriot (with optional side airbags).
Small SUVs that didn’t make the cut because of the roof strength test include: The 2012 Nissan Rogue, 2012 Toyota RAV4, 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander, and 2012 Ford Escape..
The 2013 Mazda CX-5 hasn’t yet been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.