For the on-the-road report, a car like the Mazda6, which belongs to a mainstream segment, but comes with a bit of a sporty flavor, gets quite a few extra safety points.
That’s because the nature of the car doesn’t push you to step on the throttle, so you’ll be keeping the speed at a moderate level, but you’re constantly receiving feedback. This keeps you aware at all times. And when you do need to perform a quick evasive maneuver, the Mazda6 has what it takes to serve you.
The Mazda6 is also pretty passionate about active safety systems with hard to pronounce acronyms. The first line of defense comes from the Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) and Distance Recognition Support System (DRSS). This works with the Forward Obstruction Warning, which prompts the driver. Should the wheel bearer take no action, the Smart Brake Support (SBS) takes over. And if you’re in the urban areas, traveling at moderate speeds, this automatic deceleration is handled by the Smart City Brake Support (SCBS).
You back is covered by the Rear Vehicle Monitoring (RVM) system - Mazda’s blind spot assistant, while for the sides you can rely on the Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)
Now that we’ve talked about the main systems, which rely on radars, cameras and lasers, we can switch to the rest of the nannies. Up front there’s the Adaptive Front Lighting (AFS) and High Beam Control (HBC), while the Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) will awaken the hazard lights when your foot is heavy on the brakes.
When things get a bit more serious than in the aforementioned paragraphs, it’s time to turn to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This has gifted the Mazda6 with a Top Safety Pick + rating.
The vehicle received the Good rating, the highest one available, in the moderate overlap frontal crash test, as well as in the side impact and roof strength tests. As for the more severe small overlap test, which only sees 25 percent of the car handle the frontal impact, the Mazda6 only received an Adequate rating. We’ll note that there are models which achieved a Good rating here, albeit very few of them.Continue reading