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What’s not to love about the 2021 Mazda CX-5? It’s a compact SUV that gets 25/31 mpg and up to 227 hp. It’s also an IIHS Top Pick+. The Mazda CX-5 safety features include everything you need, and then some. As a bonus, it’s under $30,000. 

A dark colored Mazda CS-5 drives through a city.
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Is the 2021 Mazda CX-5 safe?

The interior of a 2021 Mazda CX-5.
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The 2021 Mazda CX-5 is an IIHS Top Pick+. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety doesn’t take these awards lightly, either. Every car that earns a Top Safety+ Pick award must get a good in all of the crash tests, roof strength, and head restraint tests. The vehicle must also score an advanced or superior in available front crash prevention for both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian systems. In addition, they must get an acceptable or good rating for their headlights. 

What safety features does the Mazda CX-5 come with?

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The 2021 Mazda CX-5 comes with all of the advanced safety systems recommended by Consumer Reports. These features include forward collision warning, which alerts a driver to something in the vehicle’s path, as well as pedestrian detection. Pedestrian detection can tell when there is a person in, or about to be in, the path of the SUV. Additionally, some pedestrian detection systems can alert the driver to a cyclist. 

The Mazda CX-5 comes with automatic emergency braking for both the city and highway. It also has an available system that works in reverse. The Mazda CX-5’s braking system will apply the brakes if necessary. 

The Mazda CX-5 also comes with lane departure warning and lane keeping assist. When the CX-5 is traveling faster than 37 mph, the lane departure warning sends visual and audible signals to the driver. Lane keeping assistance will make minor adjustments to the steering to keep the SUV in its lane. 

What other safety features does the 2021 Mazda CX-5 come with?

A dark colored Mazda CX-5 splashes through a puddle in the city.
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In addition to these features, the CX-5 comes standard with blind spot warning, which detects objects in the driver’s blind spot and sends a chime and warning light in the side mirror and driving display. 

Rear traffic crossing works in conjunction with the rear camera, both of which come standard. Rear traffic crossing will send an audible and visual warning when a vehicle is approaching the rear side of the SUV. 

The Mazda CX-5 also comes with anti lock brakes, as well as traction and stability control. Daytime running lights come standard in the CX-5. 

The Mazda CX-5 has additional safety features too: automatic cruise control will help you keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you. An adaptive lighting system helps you see around corners at night. And driver attention alert will send a warning if it detects that the driver is inattentive to the road. 

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 starts at $25,370. With all of the safety features it has to offer for under $30,000, as well as the IIHS Top Safety Pick+, the Mazda CX-5 is a great choice for someone looking for affordable safety in an SUV.


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