Neither the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) nor the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) have crash-tested the 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata, but it has a respectable feature set as well as excellent balanced handling, which helps make up for some of the natural vulnerabilities of a convertible.
With its small size, light weight, and open-top construction, the Miata can feel anything but secure on a freeway surrounded by pickups and SUVs. Yet its balanced handling, rigid construction, and excellent braking can put it at a significant advantage in helping to avoid accidents.
Roll hoops are included, and they're designed to deliver rollover protection, although they're not all that high. Anti-lock brakes, front and seat-mounted side airbags, and stability control are all standard in the Miata.