The Insurance Institute For Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick + rating is the highest score any North American automobile can earn in safety testing. Following a new updated round of testing by IIHS, Mazda’s CX-30, its Mazda3 Sedan, and the Mazda3 hatchback have all earned this safety designation.
The test is now harder for 2024. Despite already having the most robust criteria for safety evaluations, IIHS made its side-impact test much harder for the new year. The group is committed to continuous safety improvements, and the new side testing has uncovered a lot of vehicles that could be safer. Mazda’s CX-5 crossover was among the first vehicle models to earn a score of Good on this test. Now, three of the company’s smallest vehicles have followed suit.
In addition to earning a score of Good on the new side crash test, a vehicle must also perform at the very highest levels in the following IIHS evaluations:
-Driver-side small overlap front,
-Passenger-side small overlap front,
-Original moderate overlap front and updated side tests.
-Acceptable or good daytime and nighttime vehicle-to-pedestrian detection and impact mitigation
In addition to the above list of tests, the vehicle must also score well in headlight evaluations. The Mazda3’s two headlight systems, one rated Good, the other Acceptable, meet the requirements for the higher-tier award with all standard equipment. Both of the available headlight systems in the CX-30 earn a score of Good.
Image of CX-30 courtesy of IIHS
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