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Many people are very curious to know what the insurance costs for the 2011 Mazda6 will be. Unfortunately, since the car has not yet been released in the United States, it’s difficult to know exactly what the expected insurance costs are. However, if you are planning on purchasing one of these new cars, you can almost certainly lower your insurance costs by opting for the most advanced of safety features. This might cost you a little bit of extra money upfront, but it will be nothing compared to the money you’ll be sure to save on insurance rates.
Fortunately, past versions of this mid-sized car have fared quite well in safety tests, another factor that can bring down your insurance costs. The absolute best way to predict how a new car will fare in safety tests is to look at the results of the last version. Usually, the newer version will be the same or better in terms of quality and safety, which can mean lower insurance rates for you. The last Mazda6 reviewed by the Insurance Institute for Highway safety was the 2009 edition, which received a top score of “Good” in frontal impact and side impact crash tests. It also earned an average “Acceptable” score in roof strength tests. Government tests disagreed on this front and gave the car five stars (the top rating) for roof strength. Most insurance companies do make their rate decision based upon the Insurance Institute’s ratings, though there are a select few who go by government ratings. If the new Mazda6 has this same problem with roof strength, it may be in your best interest to go with a car insurance company that opts for government ratings.
The 2011 Mazda 6 will definitely come with some great safety features which can also help with your insurance rate. Guaranteed are four wheel antilock disc brakes, front impact airbags, side impact airbags, and side curtain airbags. You can also opt to add on a blind spot monitoring system for an additional fee. Adding a GPS monitoring system and/or a rear camera can also help to lower your insurance rates and keep you safer.
Also, be sure that you don’t underestimate the importance of safe driving at all times and a good driving record on your insurance rates. The better you drive and the safer you are, the lower your rates will be. If you’re a consistently good driver, it won’t really matter whether you drive a 2011 Mazda6 or a flashy sports car; your rates will still be in the low range.