The 2020 CX-30 subcompact SUV, Mazda’s latest addition to its SUV lineup, has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick designation, its second-highest honor next to Top Safety Pick Plus. All of Mazda’s other SUVs are at least a Top Safety Pick — both the 2020 CX-5 and CX-3 are Top Safety Pick Plus honorees, while the 2020 CX-9 is a Top Safety Pick.
For a vehicle to earn a Top Safety Pick, it must receive a score of good in six crashworthiness tests: driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. Available crash prevention technology, both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian, must also receive a score of advanced or superior. Lastly, at least one set of available headlights must receive a rating of acceptable or good.
IIHS has enhanced its criteria for the higher Top Safety Pick Plus designation for 2020. In addition to the crashworthiness and crash-prevention scores, the headlights receiving an acceptable or good rating must be standard on all trim levels. In the CX-30’s case, the Premium model’s curve-adaptive headlights receive a poor rating due to excessive glare.
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One of the CX-30’s competitors, the 2020 Hyundai Kona, is also a Top Safety Pick. Another subcompact SUV competitor, the 2020 Honda HR-V, has not yet had its vehicle-to-pedestrian crash prevention systems tested, preventing it from receiving any IIHS designation.
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