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2019 Mazda CX-5

small SUV / 4-door SUV

Award applies only to vehicles with specific headlights

2019 Mazda CX-5 4-door SUV
2018 Mazda CX-5 shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Small overlap front: passenger-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights (varies by trim/ option)
Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle
Optional system
Superior
Standard system
Advanced
Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-pedestrian
Optional system
Advanced

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights
  • Standard blind spot detection
  • Optional lane departure warning
  • Optional lane departure prevention

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2017-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2017 Mazda CX-5 Touring 4-door 4wd

The Mazda CX-5 was redesigned for the 2017 model year. Driver-side small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Mazda as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTN1706
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 4
Footrest (cm) 6
Left toepan (cm) 4
Brake pedal (cm) 6
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 1
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 1
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 4
Upper dash (cm) 5
Lower instrument panel (cm) 6

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTN1706
Head
HIC-15 195
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.5
Extension bending moment (Nm) 19
Maximum Nij 0.27
Chest maximum compression (mm) 24
Femur (kN)
Left 0.7
Right 0.3
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0
Right 3
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.55
Right 0.40
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.1
Right 1.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 53
Right 57

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Small overlap front: passenger-side

Tested vehicle: 2017 Mazda CX-5 Sport 4-door 4wd

The Mazda CX-5 was redesigned for the 2017 model year. Passenger-side small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Mazda as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on passenger side

Test ID VTP1719
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 8
Footrest (cm) 9
Right toepan (cm) 7
Center toepan (cm) 2
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 1
Upper occupant compartment
Center dash (cm) 4
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 6
Upper dash (cm) 6
Right lower dash (cm) 6

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTP1719
Head
HIC-15 262
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 30
Maximum Nij 0.21
Chest maximum compression (mm) 19
Femur (kN)
Left 1.4
Right 1.9
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0
Right 3
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 1
Right 2
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.37
Right 0.59
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.8
Right 2.8
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 50
Right 56

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTP1719
Head
HIC-15 70
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Extension bending moment (Nm) 18
Maximum Nij 0.26
Chest maximum compression (mm) 32
Femur (kN)
Left 0.3
Right 0.3
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 2
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.31
Right 0.31
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 0.3
Right 1.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 71
Right 38

How the passenger-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2017-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2017 Mazda CX-5 Touring 4-door 4wd

The Mazda CX-5 was redesigned for the 2017 model year. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Mazda as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1709
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 1
Left (cm) 2
Center (cm) 5
Right (cm) 4
Brake pedal (cm) 2
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0
Right (cm) -1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -1
Rearward (cm) -5
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1709
Head
HIC-15 104
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 21
Maximum Nij 0.24
Chest maximum compression (mm) 31
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.3
Femur force - right (kN) 0.8
Knee displacement - left (mm) 1
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.35
Maximum tibia index - right 0.50
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.7
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 1.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 48
Right 144

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2017-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2017 Mazda CX-5 Sport 4-door 2wd

The Mazda CX-5 was redesigned for the 2017 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Mazda as part of side crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1707
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -23.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1707
Head HIC-15 209
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Compression (kN) 0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 20
Lateral force (kN) 1.1
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 27
Average deflection (mm) 23
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.81
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.21
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.0
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.4
Combined force (kN) 2.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.9
L-M moment (Nm) 41
A-P moment (Nm) 70

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1707
Head HIC-15 152
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.1
Compression (kN) 0.8
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 28
Lateral force (kN) 1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 20
Average deflection (mm) 17
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.61
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.17
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.6
Combined force (kN) 3.0
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.3
L-M moment (Nm) 52
A-P moment (Nm) -40

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2017-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2017 Mazda CX-5 Sport 4-door 4wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,498 lbs
Peak force 19,362 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.54

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: Manual cloth seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Manual cloth seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 27
Distance below top of head (mm) 2
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 11.0
Head contact time (ms) 54
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 297

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle

Ratings are given for 2 different trim variations available on this vehicle.

System details

  • Optional Smart Brake Support
  • standard Smart City Brake Support

Package name

  • Optional Touring or Grand Touring Trims

Overall evaluation

Applies to 2018-19 models

Superior
Superior
with optional equipment
  • This system does not meet the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.

System details

  • Standard Smart City Brake Support

Overall evaluation

Applies to 2017-19 models

Advanced
Advanced
  • This system does not meet the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 0 mph.

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-pedestrian

Trim level(s)

  • Optional Touring trim
  • Optional Grand Touring trim
  • Optional Grand Touring Reserve trim
  • Optional Signature trim

System details

  • Smart Brake Support

Overall evaluation

Applies to 2018-19 models

Advanced
Advanced
with optional equipment
Average speed reduction
12 mph test 25 mph test
Crossing child 10 mph 21 mph
Crossing adult 11 mph 25 mph
Average speed reduction
25 mph test 37 mph test
Parallel adult 25 mph 36 mph
Warning time:
1.5 seconds

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Headlights

Ratings are given for 4 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • Grand Touring trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination High-beam assist credit Some glare

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

The low beams created some glare.

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

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

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Grand Touring trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2018-19 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 119.5 m None
Straightaway left edge 54.7 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 75.8 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 55.6 m 1.2 %
150m radius right curve, right edge 68.2 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 55.2 m 6.1 %
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 139.8 m
Straightaway left edge 135.9 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 77.3 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 77.3 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 63.4 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 63.8 m

Trim level(s)

  • Sport trim equipped with i-ACTIVSENSE package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination High-beam assist credit

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

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

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

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

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Sport trim equipped with i-ACTIVSENSE package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2018-19 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 119.5 m None
Straightaway left edge 57.7 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 67.6 m None
250m radius left curve, right edge 56.6 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 54.9 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 53.5 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 144.8 m
Straightaway left edge 137.8 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 61.6 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 66.2 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 48.2 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 49.5 m

Trim level(s)

  • Sport trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination

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

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

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

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Sport trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2018-19 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 119.5 m None
Straightaway left edge 57.7 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 67.6 m None
250m radius left curve, right edge 56.6 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 54.9 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 53.5 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 144.8 m
Straightaway left edge 137.8 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 61.6 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 66.2 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 48.2 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 49.5 m

Trim level(s)

  • Touring trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination High-beam assist credit

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

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

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

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

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Touring trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2018-19 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 109.8 m None
Straightaway left edge 48.4 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 66.5 m None
250m radius left curve, right edge 47.4 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 55.8 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 46.5 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 147.6 m
Straightaway left edge 136.8 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 64.1 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 61.9 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 49.6 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 48.2 m

How headlights are evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2017-19 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim Touring
Seat type leatherette

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.

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim Touring
Seat type leatherette
1 2 3
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no 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
no 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
Technical measurements for this test

Seat position 21

3

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 3
Clearance angle (degrees) 68
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 8
Clearance angle (degrees) 56
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

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
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 23

1

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 9
Clearance angle (degrees) 59
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 6
Clearance angle (degrees) 72
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

How child seat anchors are evaluated