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2016 Mazda CX-5

Small SUV
Crashworthiness
  • Small overlap front
    G
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

Crash avoidance & Mitigation
Front crash prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
with optional
equipment

Headlights
M
with optional
equipment

Child Seat Anchors (LATCH)
ease of use
A


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Model year Front overlap SideRoof strengthHead restraints & seatsFront crash prevention
SmallModerate
2016
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
2015
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
2014
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
2013
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available

Applies to 2014-16 models built after October 2013

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
A
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Mazda CX-5 was introduced in the 2013 model year. Beginning with 2014 models built after October 2013, the front and side airbag programming and the front structure were modified to improve occupant protection in small overlap frontal crashes. (Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on the driver door or adjacent B-pillar.)

Structure

The driver space was maintained reasonably well, with maximum intrusion of the upper interior of 7-8 cm at the upper hinge pillar and instrument panel. Lower interior intrusion measured 8 cm at the brake pedal.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s movement was well controlled. The dummy’s head loaded the frontal airbag, which stayed in front of the dummy until rebound. The side curtain airbag deployed and had sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag also deployed.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2014 Mazda CX-5 Sport 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,343 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase106 in.
Length179 in.
Width72 in.
Engine2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings25 mpg city / 31 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEN1345
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm)7
Footrest (cm)7
Left toepan (cm)5
Brake pedal (cm)8
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm)1
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column0
Upper hinge pillar max (cm)8
Upper dash (cm)7
Lower instrument panel (cm)8

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEN1345
Head
HIC-15181
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm)8
Maximum Nij 0.26
Chest maximum compression (mm)24
Femur (kN)
Left1.4
Right0.2
Knee displacement (mm)
Left3
Right0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left0
Right0
Maximum tibia index
Left0.38
Right0.48
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left1.3
Right1.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left52
Right58

Applies to 2013-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Mazda CX-5 was introduced in the 2013 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity. Head acceleration from the grab handle contact was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. The driver side curtain airbag deployed during the crash. During rebound, the dummy’s head contacted the side curtain airbag, dislodged headliner, and grab handle above the side airbag.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2013 Mazda CX-5 Sport 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,346 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase106 in.
Length179 in.
Width72 in.
Engine2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings25 mpg city / 31 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF1202
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)3
Left (cm)6
Center (cm)8
Right (cm)4
Brake pedal (cm)2
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)0
Right (cm)-1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)-2
Rearward (cm)-4
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)0

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF1202
Head
HIC-15325
Peak gs at hard contact17
Neck
Tension (kN)1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm)12
Maximum Nij 0.25
Chest maximum compression (mm)27
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.2
Femur force - right (kN)1.0
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.21
Maximum tibia index - right0.68
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.5
Tibia axial force - right (kN)1.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left45
Right46

Applies to 2013-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Mazda CX-5 was introduced in the 2013 model year.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Passenger — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2013 Mazda CX-5 Sport 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,332 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase106 in.
Length179 in.
Width72 in.
Engine2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings25 mpg city / 31 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES1202
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-18.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES1202
Head HIC-15188
Neck
Tension (kN)0.9
Compression (kN)0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)30
Lateral force (kN)1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)20
Average deflection (mm)18
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)2.89
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.18
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.7
Acetabulum force (kN)1.5
Combined force (kN)3.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.3
L-M moment (Nm)148
A-P moment (Nm) 46

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES1202
Head HIC-15103
Neck
Tension (kN)0.2
Compression (kN)0.7
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)28
Lateral force (kN)1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)23
Average deflection (mm)16
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)2.26
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.20
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.2
Acetabulum force (kN)2.3
Combined force (kN)2.3
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.0
L-M moment (Nm)84
A-P moment (Nm) -45

Applies to 2013-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight3,330 lbs
Peak force18,209 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio5.47
Tested vehicle
2013 Mazda CX-5 Sport 4-door 4wd
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2013-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Manual cloth seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typeManual cloth seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)20
Distance below top of head (mm)-2
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)11.1
Head contact time (ms)54
Force rating1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)0
Max neck tension (N)174

Applies to 2016 models

System details

  • Optional Smart Brake Support with Collision Warning and Smart City Brake Support

Package name

  • Optional i-Activsense Package

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Superior
with optional
equipment
6 points total

Forward collision warning

This system meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for forward collision warning.
1 point

Low-speed autobrake

In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
2 points

High-speed autobrake

In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 22 mph.
3 points

How this rating is determined

Applies to 2014-16 models

System details

  • Optional Smart City Brake Support

Package name

  • Optional Grand Touring Technology Package or Touring Technology Package

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
with optional
equipment
2 points total

Forward collision warning

Not available.
0 points

Low-speed autobrake

In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
2 points

High-speed autobrake

In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 0 mph.
0 points

How this rating is determined

Ratings are given for 3 different headlight variations available for this vehicle.
Trim level(s)
  • Grand Touring trim equipped with Grand Touring Technology and i-ACTIVSENSE packages
Low-beam headlight typeLED projector
High-beam headlight typeLED reflector
Curve-adaptive?Yes
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)?Yes
Overall rating
M
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on both right curves and inadequate on both left curves.

Glare from the low beams was excessive on the sharp left curve.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual left and both right curves and fair on the sharp left curve.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and on the gradual left curve.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • Touring trim equipped with Touring Technology package
  • Grand Touring trim equipped with Grand Touring Technology package
Low-beam headlight typeLED projector
High-beam headlight typeLED reflector
Curve-adaptive?Yes
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)?No
Overall rating
M
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on both right curves and inadequate on both left curves.

Glare from the low beams was excessive on the sharp left curve.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual left and both right curves and fair on the sharp left curve.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • All trims
Low-beam headlight typeHalogen projector
High-beam headlight typeHalogen reflector
Curve-adaptive?No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)?No
Overall rating
P
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the left side of the road and fair on the right side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

Glare from the low beams was excessive on the straightaway.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual right and gradual left curves and inadequate on the sharp left and sharp right curves.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • Grand Touring trim equipped with Grand Touring Technology and i-ACTIVSENSE packages
Low-beam headlight typeLED projector
High-beam headlight typeLED reflector
Curve-adaptive?Yes
High-beam assist?Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2016 models
M
LOW BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Acceptable glare?
Straightaway right edge86.8 mYes
Straightaway left edge45.6 mYes
250m radius right curve, right edge80.3 mYes
250m radius left curve, left edge49.7 mYes
150m radius right curve, right edge71.8 mYes
150m radius left curve, left edge43.5 mNo
HIGH BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge160.5 m
Straightaway left edge156.6 m
250m radius right curve, right edge91.6 m
250m radius left curve, left edge79.6 m
150m radius right curve, right edge74.5 m
150m radius left curve, left edge63.9 m

Trim level(s)
  • Touring trim equipped with Touring Technology package
  • Grand Touring trim equipped with Grand Touring Technology package
Low-beam headlight typeLED projector
High-beam headlight typeLED reflector
Curve-adaptive?Yes
High-beam assist?No
Overall rating
Applies to 2016 models
M
LOW BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Acceptable glare?
Straightaway right edge86.8 mYes
Straightaway left edge45.6 mYes
250m radius right curve, right edge80.3 mYes
250m radius left curve, left edge49.7 mYes
150m radius right curve, right edge71.8 mYes
150m radius left curve, left edge43.5 mNo
HIGH BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge160.5 m
Straightaway left edge156.6 m
250m radius right curve, right edge91.6 m
250m radius left curve, left edge79.6 m
150m radius right curve, right edge74.5 m
150m radius left curve, left edge63.9 m

Trim level(s)
  • All trims
Low-beam headlight typeHalogen projector
High-beam headlight typeHalogen reflector
Curve-adaptive?No
High-beam assist?No
Overall rating
Applies to 2016 models
P
LOW BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Acceptable glare?
Straightaway right edge87.3 mNo
Straightaway left edge57.9 mNo
250m radius right curve, right edge54.1 mYes
250m radius left curve, left edge48.3 mYes
150m radius right curve, right edge44.3 mYes
150m radius left curve, left edge40.6 mYes
HIGH BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge163.0 m
Straightaway left edge148.9 m
250m radius right curve, right edge66.6 m
250m radius left curve, left edge66.2 m
150m radius right curve, right edge48.5 m
150m radius left curve, left edge49.5 m

Applies to 2015-16 models

How this rating is determined

Overall evaluation

A
Vehicle trimTouring
Seat type cloth

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor and the ability to borrow lower anchors from the other seating positions.

Note: When anchors are borrowed, they aren't available to use in their designated positions.

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Good
Acceptable
Marginal
Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
Tether anchor
Lower anchors
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
Can be borrowed from 1 and 3
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors

Seat position 21

3
Lower anchor A
Open access ratedNo
Depth (cm)2-4
Force (lbs)13
Clearance angle (degrees)66
Lower anchor B
Open access ratedNo
Depth (cm)4-6
Force (lbs)16
Clearance angle (degrees)55
Tether anchor
LocationMiddle seatback
Confusing hardware presentYes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 22

2
Lower anchor A
Lower latch is shared for this seat position
Lower anchor B
Lower latch is shared for this seat position
Tether anchor
LocationMiddle seatback
Confusing hardware presentNo
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1
Lower anchor A
Open access ratedNo
Depth (cm)4-6
Force (lbs)22
Clearance angle (degrees)61
Lower anchor B
Open access ratedNo
Depth (cm)2-4
Force (lbs)18
Clearance angle (degrees)67
Tether anchor
LocationMiddle seatback
Confusing hardware presentYes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
3
Electronic stability control, includes roll stability control
4
Antilock brakes
5
Daytime running lights

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