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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
'Good,' frontal impact; 'acceptable,' side impact; 'acceptable,' rear impact
'Good,' roof strength
Not yet tested
It's the first Mazda with brake override, which shuts off the throttle if it determines the driver is trying to stop rather than accelerate.
The dropoff of the hatch lid below the rear window will have you learning parallel parking parameters by trial and error, however.
The Mazda Mazda2 hasn't performed at the top of its class in crash-testing, but it does include a set of safety features that's par for a car this price.
In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) testing, the Mazda2 achieved a top rating of "good" for its frontal-offset crash and roof strength tests, but it was only rated "acceptable" in the side and rear crash categories.
Safety features are typical for a model of the Mazda2's size and price; they include side-curtain bags that protect front and rear outboard occupants, plus electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, and a brake override system.
Safety features are pretty typical for this class, though crash-test ratings for the Mazda2 aren't quite at the top of the list.