Fans of Mazda are well aware of Mazda’s obsession with perfecting the art of driving, with refining and honing all aspects of the drive and obsessing over the details to create a perfectly harmonious experience between driver and car. But just because Mazda is known for its obsessive refinement of craft, does not mean they let critical aspects of driving fall to the wayside.
In fact, Mazda vehicles continue to be among the safest on the road. Let’s take a look at the 2019 Mazda6, the stylish, sophisticated Mazda sedan that recently took home top safety honors from the International Institute of Highway Safety.
First, let’s review what makes an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK and the features in the Mazda6 that earned it good ratings in all six IIHS crashworthiness evaluations.
What is a top safety pick?
To qualify as a 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK, vehicles must earn good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. They also must receive a good or acceptable rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test, an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention, and a good or acceptable headlight rating.
What makes the Mazda6 a TOP SAFETY PICK?
Mazda i-ACTIVSENSE, which is now standard on every Mazda6 sold. Mazda i-ACTIVSENSE, an umbrella term that refers to Mazda’s suite of active driver assistive technologies designed to help prevent collisions.
i-ACTIVSENSE uses a system of cameras and milliwave radar to detect and mitigate road hazards. This means every new Mazda6 sold now includes:
- Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection
- Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- Lane Departure Warning with Lane-Keep Assist
- Smart Brake Support and Mazda Radar Cruise Control with stop and go function.
You can learn more about the eight technologies of i-ACTIVSENSE in our May blog post, but to learn more about the Mazda6’s safety, read on because the Mazda6 also received top ratings in the LATCH ease-of-use rating.
What is LATCH?
LATCH stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children. LATCH is intended to make it easier to install child restraints, such as car seats, in order to reduce installation errors and thereby work to protect our most vulnerable passengers.
What does a good+ LATCH rating mean?
To qualify for a good+ rating, vehicles must provide additional LATCH-equipped seating positions, as well as meet the following criteria:
- Lower anchors are no more than ¾ inch deep within the seat bight.
- The lower anchors are easy to maneuver around. Ease-of-use is defined as having a clearance angle greater than 54 degrees.
- The force required to attach a standardized tool representing a child seat connector to the lower anchors is less than 40 pounds.
- Tether anchors are on the vehicle’s rear deck or in the middle of the seatback.
- The area where the tether anchor is found does not have any other hardware that could be confused for the tether anchor.
Mazda has always offered drivers a better drive experience and now it produces one of the safest vehicles on the road for the entire family. As Mazda President Jeff Guyton said, “Confident driving is better driving and the updates to the 2019 Mazda6 show Mazda’s commitment to providing our customers with advanced safety technologies.”
Stop by our Dublin Mazda dealership to take a 2019 Mazda6 out for a test drive and experience this top pick in action. If you’re looking for a different Mazda model that retains the same level of safety found in the Mazda6, then you’ll be happy to hear, the 2019 Mazda lineup is full of top picks. The 2019 Mazda3 Sedan and Hatch, 2019 CX-3, 2019 CX-9 are all TOP SAFETY PICK winners, and the 2019 Mazda CX-5 earned the higher-tier TOP SAFETY PICK+ award.
For more information on the 2019 Mazda6 and the 2019 Mazda lineup stop by our East Bay Mazda dealership and speak with a member of our Mazda sales team today.
See you in the showroom!