Each year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) evaluates vehicles across the industry based on a number of safety tests, This year, three Mazda vehicles–the CX-3, Mazda3, and Mazda6–earned Top Safety Pick+ awards, and here’s why.
IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Evaluation and Testing
In order to be considered a Top Safety Pick+, vehicles must earn at least a Good rating for the following evaluations: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint. They must also get either Advanced or Superior ratings for front crash prevention and pass comprehensive headlight evaluations. In the end, the Mazda CX-3, Mazda3, and Mazda6 made quite an impression to receive an award that gets more competitive with each passing year.
The 2017 Mazda CX-5 and CX-9 have yet to be tested. Stay tuned for the end results for those evaluations. Who knows? Mazda could end up with 5 models with 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ awards.
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Key Mazda Safety Features
The only way these Mazda vehicles were able to earn IIHS Top Safety Pick+ awards is because of Mazda’s advanced safety technologies, which include:
- SKYACTIV Technology – a suite of high-tech components, such as fuel-efficient engines, comfort-tuned suspensions, and more
- Smart City Brake Support & Smart Brake Support – automatic emergency braking systems that help drivers avoid potential collisions
- Adaptive LED headlights
- Straight frame rails
If you are interested in getting behind the wheel of one of Mazda’s safety-award-winning vehicles, we encourage you to take a look at our new Mazda inventory at Seacoast Mazda and schedule a test drive at your convenience.