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2020 Mazda CX-30 Ranks Among the Safest Compact Crossovers - Here's Why

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 earns a Top Safety Pick designation. Here's what makes it one of the safest compact crossovers you can buy.


Mazda's new 2020 CX-30 has earned the Insurance Institue for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick designation. The new CX-30 compact crossover is in good company. Mazda's 2020 CX-5 two-row crossover, CX-9 3-row crossover, CX-3 subcompact crossover, Mazda3 sedan, and Mazda6 sedan are all IIHS award winners as well.

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2020 Mazda CX-30 Safety Test Results
In order to qualify for the IIHS' 2020 TOP SAFETY PICK award, the Mazda CX-30 needed to earn good ratings in all six IIHS crashworthiness evaluations, including the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It passed with flying colors. The CX-30 also needed to score advanced or superior for both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention, as well as have an acceptable or good headlight rating. Again, the Mazda CX-30 meets or exceeds all the qualifications after a full round of testing.

“Safety is a top priority with Mazda, and we are proud to have the CX-30 earn the 2020 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK award,“ said Mazda North American Operations President Jeff Guyton. “We are committed to providing the most advanced safety technologies in our vehicles, and we continue to challenge ourselves to create unique products and technologies, which provide our customers a confident, relaxing, joyful driving experience.“

IIHS Ranks Mazda CX-30 Top Safety PickMazda CX-30 Safety Equipment
Mazda’s i-Activsense is a marketing term referring to a series of safety technologies that make use of advanced technology. For example, radar and cameras. Mazda's safety systems also include active safety technologies that support safer driving by helping the driver to recognize safety hazards, and pre-crash safety technologies which can avert collisions or help reduce their severity in situations where they cannot be avoided.

Mazda’s i-Activsense advanced safety technologies include:
- Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection
- Smart Brake Support with Collision Warning
- Smart Brake Support
- Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go Function
- Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- Lane Departure Warning System with Lane-Keep Assist
- Driver Attention Alert, High Beam Control
- Adaptive Front-Lighting System
- Traffic Sign Recognition

Many of the Mazda CX-30's peers also earn the Top Safety Pick designation. For example, the Volvo, XC40, Honda HR-V, and Subaru Crosstrek. But not all of the crossovers do. For example, the Jeep Compass, Toyota C-HR, and Nissan Rogue Sport have not yet been listed by IIHS as being a Top Safety Pick. For a full report on each and every test result for the new 2020 Mazda CX-30, check out the IIHS website.

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John Goreham is a life-long car nut and recovering engineer. John's focus areas are technology, safety, and green vehicles. In the 1990s, he was part of a team that built a solar-electric vehicle from scratch. His was the role of battery thermal control designer. For 20 years he applied his engineering and sales talents in the high tech world and published numerous articles in technical journals such as Chemical Processing Magazine. In 2008 he retired from that career and dedicated himself to chasing his dream of being an auto writer. In addition to Torque News, John's work has appeared in print in dozens of American newspapers and he provides reviews to many vehicle shopping sites. You can follow John on Twitter, and view his credentials at Linkedin.