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Mazda’s New 2023 CX-50 Earns Industry's Highest Safety Award From IIHS


The Mazda CX-50 has earned an honored spot among its Mazda SUV siblings, all of whom are safety standouts. In its most recent tests, the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS) found that the CX-50 meets all of the qualifications for the Top Safety Pick Plus award.

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The CX-50 earned a score of Good in all crash tests. In addition, its active safety systems scored Superior in both the vehicle-to-vehicle and daytime vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations. IIHS testing also verified that the CX-50 ‘s adaptive projector headlights supplied with the three Turbo trims earn a Good rating, while the static LED projectors installed on other trims are rated Acceptable.

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In addition to these scores, the CX-50 also earned a good rating for its seat belt reminders and a good+ rating for its child seat attachment (LATCH)hardware.

“We are exceptionally proud that the all-new 2023 CX-50 achieved the highest IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ award – our first purpose-built SUV built in Alabama at our new plant,” said Mazda North American Operations President and CEO Jeff Guyton. “Safety is at the forefront of our vehicle development, and our research has led us to thoughtfully consider crash avoidance technologies, as well as the body structure of our vehicles to protect occupants in the event a crash does occur.”

Mazda’s new Alabama-built CX-50 crossover SUV has been on the market since April of this year. In just its first four months of sales, Mazda has delivered over 11,000 CX-50s to U.S. customers.

Mazda CX-50 Fast Facts:
5 Passenger Seating Capacity
Two Engine Options, Including a Turbo with 320 lb-ft of torque
30 MPG Highway Rating from EPA
AWD Standard On All Trims
Upcoming Meridian Edition Features Snow-Rated Faken A/T Trail Tires
EPA Passenger volume = 100 cu ft
EPA Cargo Volume With Seats folded = 56.3 cu ft
All Trims Rated For Use With Regular Fuel
Wireless Android Auto and Apple Car Play Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard

View the complete IIHS safety test results for the Mazda CX-50 here.

2023 Mazda CX-50 SUV crash test image courtesy of IIHS.

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