For the 2015 model, the Mazda CX-5 has a reputation to uphold when it comes to safety. After earning a Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS for the 2014 model, nothing less than a repeat performance would be acceptable. The pressure was on—and Mazda delivered in a big way. While the new CX-5 has not been rated by the IIHS yet, it’s already earned a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA, the highest rating given out by the administration. The rating applies to both front-wheel and all-wheel-drive models of the 2015 CX-5.

The compact crossover achieved five-star ratings in both the front and side crash tests and a four-star rating in the rollover crash test to add up to the overall five-star rating. These ratings put the CX-5 ahead of the crossover field early for the 2015 model year, beating out rivals like the Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4 that only achieved four-star overall ratings from the NHTSA.2015 Mazda CX-5 earns 5-star safety rating

The Mazda CX-5 boasts an intelligent overall design, but it’s also loaded with special safety features, some of which—antilock brakes, daytime running lights, and an electronic stability control system, for instance—come standard on the 2015 model. Plus, the CX-5 offers optional features like a rearview camera, the Smart City Brake Support system, and our favorite here at Parks Mazda, the Adaptive Front-Lighting System, which allows the headlights to turn to better illuminate curves on dark, dangerous roads.

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