Top Safety Award Won by 2013 Mazda CX-5 image

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety offered the new 2013 Mazda CX-5 crossover the Top Safety Pick award for good rating in all tests.

In 2010 the HIS added the roof strength test, making the criteria for earning the Top Safety Pick award more difficult. The IIHS measures roof strength by pushing a metal plate against one corner of the vehicle’s roof until it crushes in five inches. The result is compared to the vehicle weight to determine the roof’s strength-to-weight ratio. The CX-5 had a 5.47 strength-to-weight ratio, which is a good result since the IIHS requires a minimum strength-to-weight ratio of 4.0 or better.

“The CX-5 is the second Mazda to qualify since the institute made the criteria for earning the award tougher in 2010 by requiring good performance in a roof strength test that assesses rollover protection,” said the IIHS in a statement. “The other model is the Mazda 3.”

Some small SUVs that didn’t pass the roof strength test are The 2012 Nissan Rogue, 2012 Toyota RAV4, 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander, and 2012 Ford Escape. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not yet crash-tested the 2013 Mazda CX-5.