The 2020 Mazda CX-30 is earning honors from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It’s being named a 2020 TOP SAFETY PICK
when equipped with specific headlights. What’s interesting is that the base model’s LED headlights helped it achieve that status, not the premium’s curve-adaptive ones.
The IIHSA says the CX-30 earns the award when equipped with its base LED projector headlights, which earn a good rating. However, it’s premium, curve-adaptive headlights earn a poor rating due to excessive glare. This shortfall prevents the small SUV from earning the higher-tier TOP SAFETY PICK+
award, which requires acceptable- or good-rated headlights across all trims and packages.
“In contrast to many vehicles that qualify for the award only when equipped with premium headlights, the CX-30 qualifies only with its base headlights." - IIHS.
To qualify for the 2020 TOP SAFETY PICK award, the CX-30 earned good ratings in all six IIHS crashworthiness evaluations, including the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It also needed advanced or superior ratings for both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention, as well as an acceptable or good headlight rating.
“Safety is a top priority with Mazda, and we are proud to have the CX-30 earn the 2020 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK award,“ said Mazda North American Operations President Jeff Guyton. “We are committed to providing the most advanced safety technologies in our vehicles, and we continue to challenge ourselves to create unique products and technologies, which provide our customers a confident, relaxing, joyful driving experience.“
Mazda’s i-Activsense is a suite of advanced safety technologies which make use of detection devices such as milliwave radars and cameras. They include Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection, Smart Brake Support with Collision Warning, Smart Brake Support, Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go Function, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning System with Lane-Keep Assist, Driver Attention Alert, High Beam Control, Adaptive Front-Lighting System, and Traffic Sign Recognition.
The CX-30 joins the Mazda CX-9, when equipped with specific headlights, as a TOP SAFETY PICK for 2020.
Meanwhile, the Mazda3 Sedan and Hatchback, Mazda6, CX-3, and CX-5 vehicles have earned the 2020 TOP SAFETY PICK+ awards.