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Mazda6 Earns Top Safety Pick Designation

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The 2019 Mazda6 just earned the Top Safety Pick Designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In a series of six crashworthiness evaluations, this sporty midsize car proved that it had more than good looks and exciting driving dynamics.

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What it takes to be a Top Safety Pick

In order to make the grade, a car has to earn a “Good” rating in four test categories — driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests. It also needs a good or acceptable rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test, and an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention, along with a good or acceptable headlight rating.

The Mazda6 not only earned a “Good” rating in its crashworthiness tests, its front crash prevention system was lauded as “Superior.”  In a 12 mph front crash scenario, the system avoided a collision altogether, while in a 25 mph situation, it slowed the car down to 1 mph, greatly reducing the severity of the collision.

To drive a Top Safety Pick-worthy Mazda6, you’ll have to spring for the available curve-adaptive LED projector headlights. These glare-free headlights even adapt based on your driving speed. At low speeds, they illuminate a wider area, while at highway speeds, they help you see further ahead. When you’re using the high beams, the car can even detect oncoming traffic and dim the lights to prevent disorienting oncoming drivers.

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Other Mazda safety innovations

The Mazda6 comes standard with a rear-view camera, lane-keep assist, and Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go, which helps take the stress out of both long drives and bumper-to-bumper traffic. You can also opt for a 360-degree view monitor, which gives you a bird’s-eye view of your vehicle and nearby obstacles. 

Source: Automotive World