Honda CR-V vs Mazda CX-5: Comparing Compact SUV Safety Ratings

 In Auto Grades, Vehicle Safety

Compact SUVs are some of the hottest selling vehicles. Here’s what appeals to these buyers:

  • The driver sits higher than a crossover or a sedan.
  • The steering is pretty easy.
  • The trunk (or the boot, if you’re from the British Isles) storage is accessible.

How about the compact SUV safety ratings?

Here is a head-to-head comparison for a couple of popular models, the Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-5.

The Mazda CX-5 gets a better grade.

There is not enough data to provide personal Auto Grades for the Honda CR-V, but the Mazda consistently gets high grades. In other words, the CX-5 has a track record of protecting it’s drivers across younger and older age groups.

Mazda CX-5 Personal Auto Grades:

The federal star-safety rating system gives the CR-V a 5-star safety rating, but the CX-5 only earns 4? Based on our analysis of the experience of real people in the worst crashes, we think that the CX-5 is better. Why? We talk about this in our video.

Most importantly, the star ratings depend on laboratory tests with dummies.

Laboratory-based ratings are using dummies that don’t look like seniors. These ratings are useless for seniors.

And we are not the only ones that have recognized this, as reported by Automotive Industries. The problem is that these dummies are based on the “perfect” average male. Sometimes, the tests also use a very small female dummy. But none of these dummies actually look or react like an older driver. Because, as we age, our entire bodies change. Our joints are stiffer. Our bones become more brittle.

So, from a car safety point of view, we need more protection, even in a compact SUV. We knew this when we developed the Auto Grades. And since we are using data from what happened to real people (not dummies), we are able to give drivers over 50 years old a truer safety rating. To learn more, you may find another of our blogs of interest: Older Drivers: Getting Educated.

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