Mazda's 2017 CX-5 compact crossover has earned the highest possible safety rating from IIHS, the Top Safety Pick Plus designation. The CX-5 earned a score of Good on all its crash tests and its Grand Touring trim comes with headlights that earn an Acceptable rating. When tested for active safety, the CX-5's optional front crash prevention system was rated Superior. These scores combine to put the CX-5 on par with the safest vehicles its size and shape in the U.S. market.
Which CX-5 Trims Earn The Highest Rating?
Mazda shoppers who want the safest CX-5 available should be aware that, like the 2017 Toyota RAV4 and 2018 Nissan Rogue, the CX-5 does come standard with the active safety features that helped it to earn this high safety rating. However, the top trim has a system that works over a greater range of speeds. Shoppers should seek out the trims with the best available forward collision prevention system. Only the CX-5's most expensive trim, the Grand Touring, earns a high enough headlight score to be in the top tier for safety. Full details on the CX-5's test results can be viewed at this IIHS page.
2017 Mazda CX-5 Quick Facts
Mazda's CX-5 is doing very well in the marketplace. In March, Mazda announced that it would add a second manufacturing plant to produce the two-row, five-passenger CX-5 compact crossover due to its popularity. For 2017, Mazda dropped its base 2.0-liter engine and manual transmission options and now all CX-5s are automatics with the better 2.5-liter engine. For full pricing, please see our prior story.