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2022 Mazda Models Top Lexus, Mercedes, BMW In New Round of IIHS Testing

In its newest round of testing, IIHS finds that no brand has a higher percentage of Top Safety Pick Plus scores.


The Insurance Institute For Highway Safety has just completed its latest tally of the safest vehicles and brands one can buy. Mazda is at the very top. 100% of the Mazda vehicles that IIHS tested earned the institute’s highest possible rating of Top Safety Pick Plus.

This headline isn’t a trick of any kind. All of Mazda’s vehicles except the Miata were tested and scored the highest possible rating. These include the Mazda3 Sedan, Mazda3 Hatchback, CX-30, CX-5, and CX-9. Mazda’s Miata convertible is unchanged for model year 2022 and the CX-50 was not available during the testing period. (Not yet launched).

“Achieving the IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK + Award is a reflection of Mazda’s commitment to providing advanced safety technologies that our owners expect,” said Mazda North American Operations President and CEO Jeff Guyton. “Our wide range of safety technologies are designed to support, not replace the driver, which results in a more confident and enjoyable driving experience.”

Mazda now consistently outscores its peers in many important segments. For example, the Mazda CX-30 small crossover scores higher than the Lexus UX. The CX-5 scored higher than the Mercedes Benz GLC. The Mazda3 scored higher than the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe. The Mazda CX-9 scored higher than the BMW X5.

In related news, The Mazda CX-5 crossover was found to be the safest vehicle overall in a new round of side-impact testing by IIHS. It was the only vehicle to score Good on the new, more rigorous test.

For more safety updates on the Mazda brand check out Torque News’ comprehensive coverage page.

CX-5 image courtesy of Mazda

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