Mazda Takes the Most Top Safety Honors in Crash Tests

March 3rd, 2020 by

Safety first!

We all learned about this at an early age. In the last several years automotive safety has become more important to consumers. That’s why we’re proud to report that Mazda has some of the safest cars available according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety – the IIHS.



Six Mazda models have achieved the IIHS’s 2020 best safety ratings, Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+, based on a battery of grueling crashworthiness tests. Mazda had the most Top Safety Pick+ awards among all the brands tested as well as one Top Safety Pick.

Mazda’s Top Safety Picks

Mazda’s Top Safety Pick+ winners include: Mazda 3 Sedan, Mazda 3 Hatchback, Mazda 6Mazda CX-3, and Mazda CX-5 with optional front crash prevention.

The Top Safety Pick choice is the Mazda CX-9 (with optional front crash prevention). 

  • Top Safety Pick+, vehicles must get “Good” ratings on both the driver-side and passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests; advanced or superior ratings for available front crash protection on both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian tests; and “Acceptable” or “Good”-rated headlights as standard equipment.
  • Top Safety Pick awards require that a vehicle must do well on all the crash tests but only have “Acceptable” or “Good”-rated headlights as available (optional) equipment.


The IIHS has made the tests tougher over the years and added new tests. The latest to be added were the small overlap evaluations – first the driver-side test and most recently the passenger-side test. They show how well vehicles protect their occupants when they run into just the corner of the vehicle, for example a tree or utility pole.

Pedestrian Detection

The front crash prevention notation on some vehicles is based on new technology that is available to detect pedestrians. The latest data shows that there’s been a 53 percent increase in pedestrian fatalities since 2009. In 2018 more than 6,000 pedestrians were killed in vehicle accidents. Automakers have been working toward a voluntary commitment to install automatic emergency braking (AEB), which will become standard for most vehicles by 2022. But the commitment only calls for AEB to avoid crashes with other vehicles. Now Mazda and other manufacturers are adding the vehicle-to-pedestrian detection functions, too. 


You already know that Mazda makes some stylish, comfortable and efficient vehicles. Now you can rest easy that they are as safe as they are gorgeous. Let a Schomp Mazda Client Advisor show them off for you.  

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