Mazda’s first production electric vehicle, the MX-30, just earned top marks in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).

It scored full marks in both frontal and side crash tests, providing adequate protection for those in the front and rear. That’s impressive considering the car has stylish suicide doors.

The MX-30 scored just under five stars in the rollover test, but had a low 11.6% risk of overturning. It didn’t tip over, in case you were wondering. Back in 2020, the MX-30 also scored a perfect five stars in the Euro NCAP crash safety test, with high scores for both adult and child protection.

Meanwhile, NHTSA under a Biden administration recently proposed major updates to strengthen its NCAP program. It aims to put more emphasis on advanced driver assistance technology and other emerging vehicle technologies that help reduce driver distraction, including alcohol detection technology.

In the United States, approximately 3,000 people die in traffic accidents each month. U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said it was a crisis. “These important changes will help save lives on the road by ensuring consumers are informed about the latest safety technology when purchasing a new car,” he said.

As a quick recap, the MX-30, which will be officially launched in Malaysia sometime this year, features an electric motor that produces 145 PS and 271 Nm of torque. The front-wheel-drive crossover is powered by a 35.5 kWh lithium-ion battery that provides a range of up to 224 kilometers.

The maximum AC charging power is 6.6 kW (type 2 connection), so it can be fully charged in 6 hours. On the other hand, DC fast charging (CCS interface) is limited to 50 kW. Here, it takes about 36 minutes to charge from 20% to 80%. There is also a mild-hybrid version of the MX-30, offering a combined output of 155 PS and 200 Nm.

Gallery: Ceramic White Mazda MX-30 EV