2021 Mazda CX-5 rated ‘Good’ in new IIHS side impact testing


The US-spec 2021 Mazda CX-5 becomes the only vehicle out of 20 small SUVs to earn the top “Good” rating in a new and tougher Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) side crash test.

“Safety is a top priority at Mazda, and we have long researched how to protect occupants in side impacts. We have studied real-world crashes and used computer simulation to consider body structure and load paths, resulting in the robust design that has existed in the CX-5 since the 2017 model year,” said Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) Vice President of R&D, Design, and Quality Assurance, Masaki Ueno.

According to Mazda, this was the first test series of 2020-2021 model year vehicles using a more stringent test, aimed at addressing higher severity crashes by using a heavier barrier traveling at a higher speed to simulate the striking vehicle.

“We developed this new test because we suspected there was room for more progress, and these results confirm that. The good rating for the CX-5 shows that robust protection in a more severe side crash is achievable,” commented IIHS President David Harkey.

This latest achievement adds to Mazda’s ever-growing accolades from the IIHS.

The Mazda CX-5 is available locally, with prices starting at P1,730,000. Mazda Philippines also offers other CX models alongside the CX-5 including the CX-3, CX-30, CX-8, and the CX-9.

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