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2011 Mazda MAZDA6 Safety

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While the Mazda6 might have somewhat better handling to help avoid an accident, its safety features and occupant protection are no standout. In fact, its crash-test ratings have exposed a couple of worrisome issues.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Mazda6 offers 'good' protection for frontal and side impacts but just 'marginal' for rear impacts. Furthermore, in the new IIHS roof strength category, the 6 scored just 'acceptable.' The one concerning part of the IIHS results is their contention that "forces on the right tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be possible." In the former federal tests (new ones have been introduced for 2011, and the Mazda6 still hasn't been tested), it received top five-star scores across the board.

Front side airbags, side-curtain bags, anti-lock brakes, traction control, and dynamic stability control are all standard, as they are among most mid-size sedans. Mazda's blind-spot monitoring system is available too.

The 2011 Mazda Mazda6 is no standout according to crash tests, though all the safety essentials are here.

Outward visibility is also surprisingly good, despite the wide rear pillar and rather high rear deck, thanks to the rather high seating position and clear sightlines.

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