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2018 Mazda6 Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick

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2018 Mazda6 IIHS Top Safety Pick

The new and improved 2018 Mazda6 picked up the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick award for safety for models equipped with the optional Adaptive Front-Lighting System.

In order to earn the IIHS Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn “Good” scores in the organization’s five stages of crashworthiness testing: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints and seats. A vehicle must also earn a rating of “Advanced” or “Superior” for front crash prevention technology and a rating of “Acceptable” or “Good” for headlights.

Not only did the 2018 Mazda6 earn “Good” in all phases of crashworthiness testing, but it earned a “Superior” rating for collision mitigation thanks to Smart Brake Support technology offered as part of Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE package.

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The LED projector headlamps offered with the Mazda6 Grand Touring Reserve and Signature trims earned a rating of “Advanced” thanks to the Adaptive Front-Lighting System’s curve-adaptive functionality, high beam assist, and average minimum useful illumination distance for both low and high beams. The LED projector lamps offered standard with the Mazda6 Sport, supplemented with the Sport’s i-ACTIVSENSE package, standard with the Touring trim, and standard with the Grand Touring trim all earned scores of “Marginal.”

As an added bonus, the 2018 Mazda6 Grand Touring Reserve earned a score of “Good+” for LATCH ease-of-use, a substantial improvement over the 2016-17 model years’ score of “Marginal.”

The new 2018 Mazda6 is offered with standard safety features including a rearview camera, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, LED headlights, and Smart City Brake Support. The Mazda6 Sport’s i-ACTIVSENSE package adds Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Lane-Keep Assist, High Beam Control, Smart Brake Support, and Lane Departure Warning, making the Mazda6 one of the most advanced vehicles in its class.

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