The 2013 Mazda CX-5, which is an all-new compact crossover vehicle, recently earned top safety scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Because of its exceptional safety scores, the IIHS designated the CX-5 as a Top Safety Pick. In IIHS testing, the affordable compact SUV earned the top score of “good” in front, side and rear crash tests and roof strength tests.

The 2013 Mazda CX-5 joins other affordable compact SUVs that are IIHS Top Safety Picks, including the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox, Dodge Journey, GMC Terrain, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Patriot (with optional side torso airbags), Kia Sportage, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Subaru Forester and Volkswagen Tiguan. Among Mazda models, both the 2012 Mazda3 sedan and hatchback are also IIHS Top Safety Picks.

The federal government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not evaluated the safety of the 2013 Mazda CX-5 yet. The $20,695 CX-5’s standard safety features include dual front airbags, front side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags that protect front- and rear-seat occupants, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist and traction control.

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