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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
The 2014 Mazda 5 includes all the safety equipment you get on most new cars, as standard, but it doesn't offer any of the advanced technology found on some of the competition.
Three-row curtain airbags are standard, as are a throttle-brake override system and stability control. Odd exclusions (even optional) include a rearview camera and blind-spot monitors. Bluetooth hands-free calling, which we consider a safety feature, isn't standard, or even available on the base Sport.
The Mazda 5 still hasn't been crash-tested by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) since it was last redesigned, a couple of years ago. At that time, Mazda said that it engineered the new van with a stronger body shell and with better roof strength to provide better occupant protection.
Crash-test scores aren't available for the current Mazda5, and a rearview camera isn't widely available.