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Mazda CX-5 Wins Top Safety Pick Plus Award for the Sixth Year

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The Mazda CX-5 has earned another Top Safety Pick Plus title from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This makes the sixth year in a row that the CX-5 has earned top crash rating from IIHS, which becomes harder to achieve each year.

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The IIHS award guidelines have become stricter each year. Cars used to only need a “good” or “acceptable” rating in all areas to qualify for the Top Safety Pick Plus award. Now, a car has to have a “good” rating or higher across every crash test, and the new passenger-side small overlap front test is notoriously difficult to pass.

Not only that, but the car has to have an available front crash prevention system with an “advanced” score or higher. Headlights are also an important factor in the judging process, as many modern vehicles are equipped with terrible headlights at the base trim. The CX-5 passed the headlight test with its LED headlights that comes on higher trims.

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Two other Mazda vehicles made the Top Safety Pick list, which is a tier below the prestigious Top Safety Pick Plus title. The CX-3 subcompact SUV and CX-9 SUV both offered available headlights and front crash prevention ratings that solidified their status on the list.

Mazda is staking a lot in crossovers and SUVs after its U.S. sales increased by 18 percent in the crossover sector this past year. It’s also revving up production of crossovers with a plan to overhaul production lines in the next several years before its joint assembly plant with Toyota opens in 2021.

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