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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Good," frontal offset test
Mazda6 now offers a blind-spot monitoring system
Dynamic stability control on all models saves you should you run out of talent in a turn
In an era of increasing consumer consciousness when it comes to vehicle safety, the 2009 Mazda Mazda6 offers safety features that easily exceed its price range. Crash-test ratings are few and far between at the moment, but early indications are that the all-new Mazda6 will score very well in terms of crash safety.
Being an all-new model that just arrived in showrooms in August, the 2009 Mazda Mazda6 hasn't been thoroughly crash tested at the time of this writing. The federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not conducted any tests on the new Mazda6 Mazda, but the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has had a chance to run the Mazda6 through a preliminary test. In that frontal offset test, the 2009 Mazda Mazda6 earned the highest possible rating from the IIHS, "good," for occupant protection. In its detailed results report, the IIHS comments that "dummy movement was well controlled," and "measures taken from the head, neck, and chest indicate low risk of injuries." The one blemish on the Mazda6's report from the IIHS comes in the right leg injury results, where the IIHS claims that "forces on the right tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be possible."
Unlike some previous versions of the Mazda Mazda6, in which side impact airbags were only an optional feature, the 2009 Mazda Mazda6 comes loaded with a full complement of the latest safety gear. Cars.com reviewers find that all Mazda Mazda6 vehicles feature "standard side-impact airbags" on the front seats, as well as "standard side curtain airbags" and "a blind-spot monitoring" system that is optional on Touring models and standard on the Grand Touring versions. The Mazda6 also features several electronic safety aids, including "dynamic stability control on all models," according to AutoWeek. Other reviews read by TheCarConnection.com, such as the one from Road & Track, show that "traction control" and "ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution" and "tire-pressure monitoring" all come standard on the Mazda6. In a nod to those who frequent more crime-ridden areas, Cars.com notes that the Mazda Mazda6 includes a "standard smart key that immobilizes the engine in a theft attempt."
Driver visibility on the 2009 Mazda Mazda6 is pretty good, and this helps make the Mazda6 Mazda feel "a full size smaller than it is once you're moving," according to Automobile Magazine. Reviewers at ConsumerGuide point out the "wide C-pillars somewhat impede visibility to the rear corners," but that's why Mazda offers the blind-spot alert system.
Very few competitors can match the 2009 Mazda Mazda6 when it comes to safety features, but crash scores aren’t all in yet.