2019 Mazda6 Fails To Earn Highest IIHS Safety Rating

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, Automotive Editor - June 14, 2019

There’s a lot to like with the 2019 Mazda6. The sedan is gorgeous, bordering on being luxurious and is also one of the more enjoyable sedans to drive. For 2019, Mazda ditched the manual transmission, but bolstered the sedan’s standard safety features. Unfortunately, headlights held the Mazda6 back from earning the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick Plus rating.

The Mazda6 aced all of the IIHS’ tests, earning a rating of Good in the institute’s crash tests and had a front crash prevention system that was found to be Superior. Even the sedan’s LATCH system earned a rating of Good Plus, the best score possible. The sedan was on track to earn the organization’s Top Safety Pick Plus award but missed out because of headlights that were found to be Marginal and Acceptable.

Base level Mazda6 sedans come with static LED projector headlights that the IIHS found to be Marginal, the second lowest score. The IIHS claims that the standard LED headlights didn’t provide an adequate amount of visibility in several of its tests. The curve-adaptive LED headlights found on the Grand Touring Reserve trim were rated to be Acceptable. Because of its headlights, the best the Mazda6 could do was earn the organization’s Top Safety Pick rating.

While missing out on the IIHS’ Plus designation sounds like a bad thing, it doesn’t mean that the Mazda6 isn’t safe. Earning a Top Safety Pick award puts the sedan in good company as being one of the safer options on the market.

2019 Mazda Mazda6

Standard safety features on the Mazda6 Sport include a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, smart brake support with collision warning, adaptive cruise control with stop & go, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, and high beam control.

For a vehicle that starts at $24,720 (including destination), that’s a great list of standard equipment. To get into a Mazda6 that earns the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick rating, you have to go up to the Grand Touring Reserve trim, which costs $32,920.

Other sedans with a Top Safety Pick rating include the 2019 Honda Accord and the 2019 Nissan Altima. The 2019 Hyundai Sonata, 2019 Kia Optima, 2019 Subaru Legacy, and 2019 Toyota Camry were named Top Safety Pick Plus vehicles.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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