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All-new Mazda6 Earns Advanced Safety Rating

By Expert Author: Tony Martinez

Stylish, economical, dependable, fun to drive – and safe, the Mazda6 has it all.
Lauded for the performance of its front crash prevention systems, the 2014 Mazda6 has earned an “Advanced” rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The Mazda6 earlier earned the "Top Safety Pick+" rating – the first Mazda to earn this new, demanding classification, by receiving a “Good” rating on frontal moderate overlap, side, roof and head restraint tests, and an "Acceptable" mark on the new small overlap test.


IIHS testing on the redesigned 2014 Mazda 6i Touring 4-door showed outstanding safety performance with safety equipment that includes side airbags, front and rear head curtain airbags and front door-mounted torso airbags as well as electronic stability control, antilock brakes and daytime running lights.

Customers choose the Mazda6 for its all-around features, which include a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine producing 183 horsepower, it’s smooth and efficient transmissions offering six-speeds in both manual and automatic and convenience features like hands-free Bluetooth telephone and stereo streaming capabilities.

Early reviews peg the Mazda6 as a smart choice. “Thanks to its handsome new design, roomy cabin, agile handling and impressive fuel economy, the 2014 Mazda 6 is a solid choice for a midsize sedan,” wrote the popular automotive website Edmunds.com.


Now it’s a Top Safety Pick as well. Front-crash safety was outstanding in IIHS testing. “Measures from the dummies in the two tests, taken together, indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity,” the Insurance Institute concluded.



The new rating system comes after early indications that drivers are avoiding front-to-rear crashes with the aid of new forward collision warning and automatic braking systems like those on the newly-redesigned 2014 Mazda5.

"The 'Advanced' rating from IIHS illustrates Mazda's continued commitment to developing vehicles that offer not only the highest levels of occupant crash protection, but vehicles that are also fun to drive," said Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) President and CEO Jim O'Sullivan.



The 2014 Mazda6 has many new safety systems. These systems use devices that alert the driver. These include radars and cameras to support drivers in knowing the danger, minimizing and preventing damage should accidents occur.



Available features include:


High Beam Control – Headlamps are automatically switched between high and low beams.


Blind Spot Monitoring – Objects located in blind-spot areas on the sides and rear of the vehicle are detected by the vehicle and the driver is alerted with a visual on the outside mirrors. When the object is detected and the driver puts the turn signal on in that direction, the driver will be alerted with audible beeps.


Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) – LDWS checks out the markings on the road and warns the driver when there is an indication that the vehicle is diverting from its lane unintentionally.


Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW) – Monitors the vehicle and gives audio-visual alerts when it sees there is a high risk of collision so that the driver could take preventive steps. FOW functions when the vehicle runs at 9-92 mph.


Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) – SCBS assists in preventing or minimizing collisions with other vehicles when traveling less than 19 mph. If an object is detected with the imbedded laser sensor, the vehicle reduces the brake pedal travel in order to hasten braking. If the driver then fails to avoid the object, the vehicles system will activate an automatic braking function.


Mazda Radar Cruise Control – The vehicle compares the difference in speed and distance to the vehicle in front and the cruising speed is automatically adjusted to maintain a safe distance.


Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) – Depending on the vehicle speed and steering input, AFS distributes light from the headlamps, which is optimized for different driving situations and in the direction the driver is traveling.


Rear Cross Traffic Alert – Objects approaching the vehicles monitored areas are detected by radars and the driver is notified with audible and visual warnings.

Dave Wood Mazda is your Newmarket Mazda dealer specializing in new, used and certified pre-owned Mazda vehicles. If you are searching for Mazda dealers using the keywords Markham Mazda or York Mazda, call or stop by Dave Wood Mazda showroom today!

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