The 2020 Mazda CX-30 crossover has received the Top Safety Pick rating from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the second highest rating possible. What’s interesting is that only the CX-30 equipped with the base LED headlights has received the award. Generally vehicles equipped with the premium headlights only receive the top safety rating.

To qualify for the 2020 Top Safety Pick award, a vehicle has to receive a good rating in all six of the IIHS crashworthiness tests, which includes the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It also needs 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.

The 2020 CX-30 received superior ratings in both front crash prevention categories.

Now about those headlights. The CX-30’s base LED projector headlights received a good rating, but its premium, curve-adaptive headlights earn a poor rating due to excessive glare. If the premium headlights would have received a good rating as well, the 2020 CX-30 would have received the higher Top Safety Pick+ rating, since the IIHS requires acceptable- or good-rated headlights across all trims and packages.