Mazda Snags Multiple USAA Preferred Vehicles Awards
Mazda cleaned up on both the fourth-annual USAA Preferred Vehicles Best Value list and the third USAA Top 10 Vehicles for Teens list.
The 2014 Mazda3 hatchback was honored as the USAA’s Best Value in the station wagon category, and was in fact the only vehicle in that segment to meet the USAA’s proprietary standards of safety, value, and reliability.
The 2014 CX-5 was named Best Value in the Small SUV category, outmaneuvering competitors thanks to a more affordable price, lower insurance premiums, greater reliability, and its status as an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+.
Further, the Mazda3 hatchback and the CX-5 both earned spots on the USAA’s 2014 Top 10 Vehicles for Teens list at the number 4 and number 9 spots, respectively. In order for a vehicle to qualify for the Top 10 for Teens list, a vehicle must be an IIHS Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+, rank highest in its class for reliability and insurance costs, and carry an MSRP below $26,000.
Additionally, the 2014 Mazda6 made the cut as the ninth best choice for teenage drivers. The Mazda6 is also considered among the USAA Preferred Vehicles in the midsize sedan category despite not taking top honors.
The USAA Preferred Vehicles lists are determined by three caveats: safety, cost, and reliability. For vehicles to make either list, they must be an IIHS Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+, must have lower-than-average MSRP and insurance premiums, and must offer extended manufacturer’s warranties.
The USAA is the primary provider of home, life, and auto insurance for millions of U.S. military members and their families. The complete list of 2014 USAA Preferred Vehicles can be found at www.usaa.com/bestvalue.