The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), one of two crash testing bodies in the United States, has announced its results for dozens of vehicles in the 2021 model year. The results published show that every Mazda vehicle tested has received the highest rating IIHS offers, a Top Safety Pick+ (“plus”). This is the second year in a row that Mazda has done so.
To qualify for the IIHS’ top award, a vehicle must pass all six crash tests with a top score of “Good,” including the difficult and industry’s only front passenger-side overlap test as well as a head restraints test. The vehicle must then pass all advanced crash prevention tests, which tests technology to avoid or limit accidents, and vehicle-to-pedestrian avoidance with a top “Superior” rating. Finally, the vehicle’s headlamps must also pass the IIHS’ difficult headlight testing for safety and compliance.
The Mazda3 sedan, Mazda3 Hatchback, Mazda6, CX-3, CX-30, CX-5 and Mazda CX-9 all achieved Top Safety Pick+ status for the 2021 model year. The only Mazda vehicle not yet tested by the IIHS is the MX-5 Miata sports car.
Kudos to Mazda for getting such high safety scores on all of their mainstream family vehicles!