The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) evaluates vehicles every year, determining how safe each model is. The 2018 Top Safety Picks received Good ratings for head restraint, driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, and roof strength tests; have an Advanced or Superior rating in front crash prevention; and offer an Acceptable or Good headlight rating. The even more prestigious Top Safety Pick+ criteria include the same initial list of Good ratings; Acceptable or Good for passenger-side small overlap front test; a Good headlight rating; and an Advanced or Superior rating for the front crash prevention. An amazing six Mazdas qualified for these honors in 2018.
2018 Mazda 3 Sedan
The 2018 Mazda 3 four-door sedan is a Top Safety Pick with a Superior front crash prevention rating when equipped with the optional systems. Headlights and ease of use for child seat anchors both received Acceptable ratings.
2018 Mazda 3 Hatchback
The 2018 Mazda 3 five-door hatchback is very similar to its sedan counterpart and also earned the Top Safety Pick designation with identical ratings.
2018 Mazda 6
The midsize sedan, the 2018 Mazda 6, was also included as a 2018 IIHS Top Safety Pick. It received a long list of Good ratings, including a Superior rating for the front crash prevention with optional equipment, and an amazing Good+ rating for child seat anchors ease of use due to the inclusion of extra latch positions. The headlights earned an Acceptable rating.
2018 Mazda CX-3
Another Top Safety Pick, the 2018 Mazda CX-3 is the automaker’s smallest SUV. In addition to the long list of Good ratings for crashworthiness, it earned a Superior rating for front crash prevention. The CX-3 earned Acceptable ratings for both ease of use of child seat anchors and headlights.
2018 Mazda CX-5
The small SUV Mazda CX-5 went above and beyond, earning the status as a 2018 Top Safety Pick+. Its ratings are a field of green for Good with a Superior front crash prevention system and Good headlight rating. Like the other 2018 Mazdas, the CX-5 earned an Acceptable rating for the ease of use of its child seat anchors.
2018 Mazda CX-9
Finally, the 2018 Mazda CX-9 rounds out the list of 2018 IIHS Top Safety Picks from the automaker. This midsize SUV also received a Superior rating for front crash prevention and Good ratings across crashworthiness categories. Both headlights and ease of use of child seat anchors received an Acceptable rating.
All Mazdas have anti-lock brakes, stability control, front-impact airbags, side-impact airbags, overhead airbags, anti-whiplash head restraints, seatbelt pre-tensioners, and a security system. In addition to the expected safety features, some Mazdas offer a long list of advanced driver-assistive features. These include new features like Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go and the 360-Degree View Monitor. Previously unveiled features, such as Lane Keep Assist System, High Beam Control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Monitoring System, Smart City Brake Support, Adaptive Front-lighting System, and Smart Brake Support System with Collision Warning, are also available.