Mazda's new-for- 2013 CX-5 compact crossover was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It qualified after receiving the highest score of Good in front-, side-impact, rear and roof-strength crash tests. In each test, vehicles are rated as Good, Acceptable, Marginal or Poor.
According to Mazda, the CX-5 weighs less than current Mazda platforms and uses high-tensile steel for a lighter but stronger body and chassis. "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," the automaker said in a statement.
Powering the CX-5 is a 155-horsepower four-cylinder with an EPA-estimated 26/32/29 mpg city/highway/combined rating. Mazda's newest and smallest SUV is on sale now with a starting price of $20,695, excluding a $795 destination fee.