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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
Five stars, frontal impact protection; four stars, side impact protection
Good, frontal offset test
Electronic stability control is not available on the Mazda6
Car and Driver
The 2008 Mazda Mazda6 has been crash-tested by both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and it performed quite well.
For 2008, Mazda has earned the NHTSA's highest award for frontal impact protection, a full five stars, and four out of five stars for side impacts. In IIHS tests, the 2008 Mazda Mazda6 earned the Institute's highest rating, "good," for frontal offset tests.
When it comes to standard safety equipment, the Mazda 2008 Mazda6 offers the usual assortment of features; Car and Driver writes that "dual front airbags, side-impact airbags, curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control, front-seatbelt pretensioners, and tire-pressure monitoring are standard across the Mazda 6 lineup." However, they also write that, "disappointingly, electronic stability control is not available on" any of Mazda's 2008 Mazda6 vehicles. Mother Proof adds that the Mazda's 2008 Mazda6 features a pair of "LATCH connectors" for installing child safety seats.
For 2008, Mazda does not offer any optional safety features on the Mazda6.
Sitting in the driver's seat of the 2008 Mazda6, Consumer Guide writes that drivers will find that "visibility is hampered to the rear by the standard spoiler on hatchbacks," which creates a potential safety concern. However, other than that one configuration, visibility is good in all directions.
The lack of stability control is a concern, but otherwise, the 2008 Mazda Mazda6 is an acceptably safe sedan.