Mazda vehicles are well-known for their standout design and driving enjoyment, but what you may not know is that they’re also among the safest vehicles in the entire industry, with three models recently being given top safety marks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The IIHS is an independent and nonprofit organization that looks to reduce deaths, injuries and property damage that result from automobile accidents on American roadways. Earning a spot on this list gets more difficult each year, but three Mazda vehicles—the compact MAZDA3 sedan and hatchback, midsize MAZDA6 and small crossover SUV CX-3—not only made the list, but earned the highest “Top Safety Pick+” (TSP+) rating.
All three models received the top rating of “Good” in all five tests including Small Overlap Front, Moderate Overlap Front, Roof Strength, Side and Head Restraints & Seats. They also earned a “Superior” rating in Front Crash Prevention thanks to the advanced Smart Brake Support and Smart City Brake Support, as well as other advanced features like Mazda Radar Cruise Control and other i-ACTIVESENSE® innovations. The three models also scored well in the newest headlight evaluations that all models must achieve to earn the TSP+ designation.
“Mazda vehicles are thought of as beautiful with our signature KODO—Soul of Motion design and engaging to drive, but our consistently outstanding performance in safety evaluations also speaks volumes about our engineering excellence, courtesy of SKYACTIV Technology,” said Robert Davis, senior VP, U.S. Operations, MNAO. “The IIHS ‘Top Safety Pick+’ distinction becomes tougher and tougher to earn, yet our vehicles continue to prove their mettle with no compromise—whether it’s with safety, outstanding fuel-efficiency or any number of other areas.”
The MAZDA3, MAZDA6 and CX-3 all benefit from SKYACTIV technology that helps each model reduce weight, improve performance and handling and increase safety. The MAZDA3, ranked as the #1 Compact from US News, is available as a four-door sedan and five-door hatchback and carries a starting MSRP of $18,845. The five-passenger CX-3, which also sits atop the Subcompact SUV segment ratings from US News, starts at $19,960. The MAZDA6 and its $21,495 asking price is more affordable than competitors like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.
Stop by today to find out more about any of the award-winning Mazda models that interest you and be sure to save some time for a test drive.
This article is presented by Ingram Park Auto Center in San Antonio, Texas.