Mazda Makes The Safest Cars On The Road, Says IIHS

Everyone has their criteria when buying a new car. For many, it comes down first and foremost to safety, and those buyers should consider walking into a Mazda showroom.

That’s because every 2017 model that Mazda makes and that has been tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has earned its rigorous Top Safety Pick+ certification.

That, according to the manufacturer, makes it “the only full-line automaker able to make such a claim.” Even Volvo, with its sterling reputation for safety, missed out this year on the Plus rating for its new S90 and XC90 (and has yet to have the V90 tested).

Mazda’s announcement comes on the back of yet another Plus rating for the CX-5, which has landed the top marks every year for the past five. The crossover comes standard with low-speed emergency braking and LED headlights, but requires the optional higher-speed crash avoidance system and automatic high beams to ace the test.

The smaller CX-3 and larger CX-9 both earned the highest ratings as well, as did the Mazda3 (sedan and hatchback) and Mazda6. That leaves only the MX-5 Miata, but the Institute doesn’t grade small sports cars.

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  • Carblogger_nl

    I’d still rather crash in a Volvo than in Mazda. It is in their DNA, where other manufacturers try to score points

  • dumblikeyou2

    Yeah, but they still have an air of cheap tinishness about them like Japanese cars of yore. Some models like the 3 and MX5 are overpriced in my opinion;not badly, but definitely not worth the asking price. Especially not since most of their models don’t hold their value nearly as well as their competitors do.

    • Grumpy

      Mazda also restructured their packages and trims for the 3, and is pricier now than before.

      I buy used with 20k-30k miles, so for me these are good deals.
      My old 3 bought for 12k (2007 s grand touring Hatchback) with 27k miles and sold it for 4.5k @ 100500 miles.)
      It was def a fun car for the $. A lot of wind noise though, and at 100k miles, the chassis had sounds coming from everywhere.

      Still think Volvo dominates on safety. These ratings deduct points for stupid things.

  • vvmdrf

    The volvo’s missed the + rating because of headlights. Yut if you actually drive them at night with their new LED headlights, they’re the brightest lights I’ve ever seen at night. Doesn’t add up.

    • badcyclist

      You are so right on both counts– Volvo missed the + rating only because of the headlight rating, and the new Volvo lights are, in fact, absolutely fantastic, but only in the real world.

      The IIHS test criteria for headlights are tied to very specific lab conditions. It is easy to cheat the IIHS test, simply by raising the low beams to near-high beams level, which is what some car makers have done.

  • Aura

    Context is important. If you look at the data on IIHS, the Volvo XC90 (second generation) and Volvo S90 are safer than the vehicles in Mazda’s range (based on weight differences, intrusion levels, forces and crash energy levels, steel grades and safety features). It is only the headlights that fall short, which you need acceptable or good to receive the Top Safety Pick+. Just because a vehicle received the Top Safety Pick Plus+ does not mean it is safer. You need to look at the data, as in this instance the Volvo’s are still far safer. Similiarly, features such as the safety cage being constructed entirely from boron steel (the strongest automotive steel) to the vertical force cumble zone seats, which reduce spinal injuries in run-off road crashes, are all exclusive to the Volvo.

  • Craiggger

    Cx-9 is an amazing value

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