2013 Mazda CX-5 latest to get IIHS Top Safety Pick

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2013 Mazda CX-5 Named "Top Safety Pick" by Insurance
Institute for Highway Safety
All-new compact crossover SUV receives highest safety rating from
IRVINE, Calif., March 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The all-new 2013 Mazda
CX-5 compact crossover SUV was today recognized as a "Top Safety
Pick" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The
CX-5 received the organization's highest possible crash safety rating
of "Good" in all four tests conducted.
"The 2013 CX-5 is Mazda's first production vehicle to receive the
full suite of SKYACTIV®[1] technologies, which focuses not only on
fuel efficiency but also on safety and stability," said Jim
O'Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO).
"Earning a 'Top Safety Pick' distinction from the IIHS further
exemplifies Mazda's dedication for creating products that offer the
best of everything that consumers want: fuel economy, performance,
handling and, most importantly, safety."
Vehicles receive ratings based on results from the Institute's
evaluations on front, side and rear impact crash tests as well as a
roof strength test (implemented in 2010), which measures occupant
protection in the event of a rollover. Each vehicle's overall
evaluation is based on measurements of intrusion specific to each
crash angle and the injury impact on crash test dummies positioned
within the vehicles at the time of collision.
The CX-5 Sport starts at a competitive $20,695[2] MSRP, which is well
below the segment's current sales leaders. Paired with the SKYACTIV-MT
six-speed manual transmission, the entry-level Sport is equipped with
high-level standard amenities such as 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels,
daytime running lights (DRL), push-button start, a tilt-and-telescopic
steering column, steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls as
well as auxiliary and USB connection ports. CX-5 Sport also boasts
best-in-class fuel economy with an EPA rating of 26 city and 35
Available options for CX-5 models include a SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed
automatic transmission, Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio
connectivity, a 5.8-inch color touch screen monitor, rearview camera,
leather seats, a TomTom technology-based in-dash navigation system, a
Bose® Surround Sound System, a Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) system and
bi-xenon auto-leveling headlights with a pivoting Adaptive
Front-lighting System (AFS).
All CX-5s are equipped with the all-new SKYACTIV-Body and all-new
SKYACTIV-Chassis, which ensure a vehicle structure as reinforced and
quiet as it is rigid and absorbs impacts. The SKYACTIV-Chassis weighs
less than current Mazda platforms and includes a front strut
suspension and a multi-link rear format along with an assortment of
design changes. The SKYACTIV-Body is comprised of 61 percent
high-tensile steel, creating a lighter, stronger body with superior
handling. The all-new CX-5 also is the first production vehicle to
utilize 1,800MPa ultra-high tensile steel, which are utilized in the
front and rear bumper beams and results in parts that are 20 percent
stronger and 10.6 pounds lighter than previous generation bumpers.
Other standard safety equipment includes six airbags (front, side and
full side-curtain), four wheel disk brakes, anti-lock brakes (ABS),
daytime running lights (DRL), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), a
Traction Control System (TCS), a fold-away brake pedal assembly, front
and rear crumple zones, three-point safety belts for all seating
positions, front seatbelt pretensioners, Lower Anchors and Tethers for
Children (LATCH) and a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS).
Founded in 1959, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is an
independent, non-profit, scientific and educational organization
dedicated to reducing deaths, injuries and property damage that result
from crashes on the nation's highways and roads. The Institute, along
with affiliate the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), supports
highway safety efforts and accident prevention through vehicle crash
safety tests as well as consumer education, such as driver behavior
and roadway designs. For more information, visit
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Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif.,
and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support
of Mazda vehicles in the United States, Canada and Mexico through
nearly 900 dealers. Operations in Canada are managed by Mazda Canada,
Inc., located in Ontario; and in Mexico by Mazda Motor de Mexico in
Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, visit the online
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[1] SKYACTIV is a registered trademark of Mazda Motor Corporation
[2] Starting price is manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP).
MSRP does not include $795 destination charge (Alaska $840), title,
taxes, license, options and dealer fees. Actual prices set by dealer
and may vary.
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