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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
'Good,' frontal impact; 'acceptable,' side impact; 'acceptable,' rear impact
'Good,' roof strength - 'Marginal,' small front overlap
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 2014 Mazda 2 includes the expected set of safety features for a modestly-priced subcompact, though it doesn't offer any additional electronic safety systems or optional equipment in that category.
Its crash safety scores aren't at the top of the heap. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not rated the Mazda 2 for safety at all. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarding it a top rating of "good" for its frontal-offset crash and roof strength tests. On the other hand, the Mazda2 earned only an "acceptable" rating for both the side and rear crash categories. On the new small-overlap frontal crash test, it did even worse, earning a rating of "marginal"--only one step up from the dreaded "poor" rating.
The littlest four-person Mazda comes with six airbags: front, front-side, and side curtains that cover the windows to protect the heads of passengers in both the front and rear outboard seats. Otherwise, the Mazda 2 includes the usual electronic stability control, anti-lock braking system, and a brake override that will kill power if both the brake and accelerator pedals are pressed at the same time.
The 2014 Mazda 2 has all the usual safety equipment, but its crash safety scores aren't at the top of the list.