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2015 Mazda Cx-5 Awarded 5-star Safety Rating

By Expert Author: Patrick Bernard

The 2015 Mazda CX-5 has earned the highest rating of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This rating is applicable to both the front-wheel drive and the all-wheel drive versions of the car. The Mazda CX-5 has certain safety features which include: anti-lock brakes, daytime running lights, and electronic stability control. The individual breakdown for the rating is as follows: the vehicle earned five stars on the front and side crash tests, and four stars on the rollover crash test. The Mazda CX-5 scored better than its competition which were the 2014 Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, and Toyota RAV4. This 2015 version has not been rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) yet, but the 2014 version was rated highly by the IIHS for safety and performed well in crash tests.


The NHTSA was founded due to the Highway Safety Act of 1970, with a goal of exacting standards of excellence in regards to vehicles and highway safety. Its duties include striving to prevent accidents and associated costs. The duties are fulfilled by the organization establishing safety standards for vehicles and vehicle equipment. Their allocation of state and local government’s grants allows these governments to establish local highway safety programs. NHTSA establishes and enforces fuel economy standards, promotes seat belts, air bags, and child safety seats. They also investigate odometer fraud and safety defects. The NHTSA further fulfills their duties by performing research on driver behavior and traffic safety.


The 2015 Mazda CX-5 is a compact SUV that is available in the three models of Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. These type of features offered to the car vary by model and version. The CX-5 offers two choices for an engine, a 2.0 or a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engines. The car can use an automatic or a manual transmission which is a rarity for a SUV. A safety feature of the vehicle is its smart brake support system with automatic braking. This automatic system operates by applying the brakes if its sense detects that a collision is about to occur. Another safety feature that is standard in most cars are front, side, and side curtain airbags. The Skyacticv technology in the vehicle provides aerodynamics, light materials, and advanced engine technology. The car seats up to five people. The roomy cargo area of this vehicle measures 34.1 cubic foot which is enough space to easily fit groceries and luggage. The Sport model of the C-5 features the ability for the car to start with the push of a button, cruise control, and an audio system that has four speakers and a USB input. The Touring and Grand Touring models feature Bluetooth, HD radio, 5.8 inch color screen, and monitoring for driver's blind spots. The Grand Touring model features heated front seats, nine speaker audio system, leather, automatic climate control, and automatic windshield wipers.


The 2015 Mazda CX-5 Safety features also include child safety locks, brake assist, traction control, 4-wheel disc brakes, auto-leveling headlights, and integrated turn signals mirrors. This family friendly SUV is a great vehicle for anyone looking for an affordable vehicle that has an excellent safety rating.


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