IIHS Top Safety Picks 2020- Mazda CX-30, Mazda CX-5, Mazda CX-9

Confidence.  A singular goal for a family of Mazda’s.  When driving cars, there are a variety of features that we can all agree build our confidence.  The feel of the steering wheel between your hands.  The way your Mazda hugs the road as you drive.  The responsiveness of your brakes when approaching stop lights, obstacles, and other vehicles.  Lastly, every safety feature that your Mazda is packed with. 


As Mazda drivers, driving isn’t just about getting from point A to point B.  It’s about enjoying the journey every mile we add to the odometer.  The experience on the road matters as much as the features of the car.  This is why Mazda’s crossover SUV series was designed to provide you with experience and IIHS Top Safety ratings in the Mazda CX-30, Mazda CX-5, and Mazda CX-9 that will give you the confidence to rediscover the road. 


Let’s dive into the engineering behind the Mazda CX-30, Mazda CX-5, and Mazda CX-9 that make these cars truly exemplary when compared to vehicles in their class. 


Predictive All Wheel Drive- courtesy of insidemazda.mazdausa.com

When Mazda development engineer Dave Coleman talks about all-wheel drive, he compares it to walking on an icy sidewalk.

“You know that’s dangerous, and you walk more carefully so you don’t slip,” Coleman observes. “You can predict how the sidewalk is going to be, and you adapt to it in advance.”

No matter the road conditions that surround the 4 wheels of your Mazda, your vehicle will feel precise and controllable.  


Skyactiv Engine

Referred to as the “holy grail” of engine design, the Skyactiv engine is designed to increase fuel efficiency and engine output.  The Mazda CX-30, Mazda CX-5, and Mazda CX-9 are all equipped with the Skyactiv-G engine.  Skyactiv engine technology creates increased torque at low to mid engine speeds.  It’s the world’s first gasoline engine designed for mass production that can achieve a high compression ratio of 13.0:1 yielding more power with little to no fuel efficiency losses.  Allowing each SUV to spend less time and money at the pump and more time out enjoying the open road.  Your Mazda SUV will glide over the road and hug every curve as if it’s an extension of you. 

i-Activsense Suite of Safety Features

Can you ever have too many safety features?  The Mazda CX-30, Mazda CX-5, and Mazda CX-9 are all 2020 IIHS Top Safety Picks!  This innovative suite of features is designed to alert you of potential hazards, avoid collisions- or at the very least, lessen the impact. 


Top features include blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, and rear-cross traffic alert.  These combined features help to keep you more aware of the road and your journey that much safer so you can drive with confidence when you're behind the wheel of a Mazda CX-30, Mazda CX-5, or Mazda CX-9.


Mazda CX-30

The Mazda CX-30 is designed for the adventurer.  You have a busy lifestyle which requires ample cargo space, but still want to enjoy the fuel efficiency of smaller vehicles.  With elevated seating, 20.2 cubic feet of cargo space, and class leading standard horsepower, the Mazda CX-30 is the adventurer’s dream car.  


If you are anything like me you will want to put this car to the test, and not just a road test, but a cargo test.  How much does 20.2 cubic feet of cargo space actually hold?  Thanks to James Riswick of autoblog.com we have a VERY accurate visual.      

Pic Courtesy of James Riswick of autoblog.com

What you are seeing is 2 mid-sized roller suitcases, 2 rollaboard suitcases, and 1 small rollaboard suitcase.  Equivalent to 2 checked bags at the airport and 3 bags that can fit in overhead storage when traveling.  

The ultimate advantage of the Mazda CX-30 is that it’s like having your cake and eating it too.  You get the space, elevated seating, and craftsmanship of a luxury car crossover SUV combined with the fuel economy of a compact vehicle.  


If you are ready to explore the Mazda CX-30, view our wide selection of new inventory here.  


Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5 is the sweet spot between getting the “soccer mom” van without actually having to own the “soccer mom”van.  It boasts engine power, comfortable seating for 5, 30.9 cubic feet of cargo space (see Mazda CX-30 photos above for comparison), an easy to use and non-distracting infotainment system, dual climate control, and oodles more features to make you feel like you're riding on cloud. 


I couldn’t have said it better than Nathan with TFLcar.com as he perfectly displays all of the features of the Mazda CX-5.  


Check out his Mazda CX-5 video here: https://youtu.be/1sMWGJ0Z2Ws


One of the BEST 3-row crossovers that you can find on the market today.  The Mazda CX-9 looks like a Luxury vehicle but will cost you significantly less.  It has an attractive design with the long nose, sleek lines drawing your eyes from the front of the vehicle to the back.  The Mazda CX-9 is equipped with several features that will surprise and delight it’s owners:

  • Active driving display.  Towards the lower windshield, just above the wipers, you will be able to view your speed and other vehicle data without disrupting your view of the highway. 

  • Bose 12 speaker sound system for you to enjoy concert quality sound while driving in your Mazda. 

  • 2nd Row Retractable Sun Shade.  Living in the desert I think we can all agree that we struggle with that big orange ball in the sky.  From the constant heat to, well, general brightness.  A 2nd row retractable shade will make your backseat passengers overjoyed to ride with you!

  • 2 USB Ports for backseat passengers to utilize for charging or power any technology for further enjoyment on the ride. 

  • Sound Deadening Material.  Kick road noise to the curb!  No longer will vehicle occupants have to shout over one another to hear a conversation.  The Mazda CX-9 was made with all 7 passengers in mind.

  • Sliding Second Row Seats.  This feature makes it easy to access the third row of your crossover vehicle. 

  • 70 Cubic Feet of Cargo space when the second and third row seats are folded down.  Enough room to fit a couple of dogs, tons of luggage, and any other tools, equipment, groceries, etc. that you may need to transport.

    Luxury is defined by experience.  The Mazda CX-9 provides a high quality experience for the driver all the way to the third row passenger seating area.  Every person and every curve this vehicle can drive has been accounted for in the design and production of the Mazda CX-9.


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    The Mazda Crossover SUV series of vehicles are IIHS Top Safety rated in 2020.  This family of vehicles have upgraded features that come standard.  They offer functionality of space, precision handling, and a road experience that is second to none.  Mazda vehicles are built to inspire, excite, and bring joy to drivers and passengers alike.  Can any other car company make that claim?


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