Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announcement

ARLINGTON, Va. — The 2023 Mazda CX-50, a new small SUV, earns a 2022 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

To earn either of the Institute’s two awards this year, a vehicle must earn good ratings in six IIHS crashworthiness evaluations, including the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, original side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It must also be available with a front crash prevention system that earns advanced or superior ratings in both the vehicle-to-vehicle and daytime vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations.

For the lower-tier TOP SAFETY PICK, at least one good or acceptable headlight system must be available. For the higher-tier TOP SAFETY PICK+, good or acceptable headlights must be standard across all trims.

The CX-50 meets all the requirements for the higher-tier award. Its standard front crash prevention system earns superior ratings in the vehicle-to-vehicle and daytime vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations. The curve-adaptive LED projector headlights supplied with the three Turbo trims earn a good rating, while the static LED projectors installed on other trims are rated acceptable.

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The SUV also earns a good rating for its seat belt reminders and a good+ rating for its child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware, though those evaluations do not factor into the awards.

“We are exceptionally proud that the all-new 2023 CX-50 achieved the highest IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ award – our first purpose-built SUV built in Alabama at our new plant,” said Mazda North American Operations President and CEO Jeff Guyton. “Safety is at the forefront of our vehicle development and our research has led us to thoughtfully consider crash avoidance technologies, as well as the body structure of our vehicles to protect occupants in the event a crash does occur.”

The all-new CX-50 joins the 2023 Mazda3 Sedan and Hatchback, CX-30, CX-5, and CX-9 vehicles as 2022 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award recipients.

Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.