The 2013 Mazda3 and 2014 Mazda CX-5 Earn “Top Safety Pick” Title from IIHS

March 5th, 2013 by

2013 Mazda3 4 Door (2)The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS for short, maintains a list of the safest vehicles for your family, and has been awarding Top Safety Picks since 2006. Whether you’re looking for a small car, a hatchback, or a small SUV, the 2013 Mazda3 and 2014 Mazda CX-5, now available at Cox Mazda in Bradenton, have the safety ratings you’re looking for in a family-friendly car. Since manufacturers are always updating their vehicles, it’s important to have safety tests in place to make sure you and your family are as safe as can be.

Safety Standards You Can Count On

The IIHS tests are quite comprehensive, so when a vehicle earns an award like the Top Safety Pick, you can be sure that it was well-deserved. As a governing body of safety standards, and a trusted, household name, when a car achieves high ratings with them, it’s a big deal.

The 2013 Mazda3 sedan and the 2013 Mazda3 hatchback both achieved the top rating of “good” for moderate overlap front test results, side impact test results, and roof strength test results. The combination of these excellent test results is what earned the two vehicles the title of Top Safety Pick.

The 2014 Mazda CX-5 also achieved the top rating of “good” for the moderate overlap front test results, side impact test results, and roof strength test results.

About the tests:

  • The moderate overlap front test consists of a vehicle traveling at 40 mph toward an aluminum honeycomb barrier, which is just over two feet tall. The barrier is struck with 40% of the front width of the vehicle. The 40% is more likely than a 100% crash because in a frontal collision, the driver is trying to avoid the accident.
  • The side impact test became a standard test in 2003. With this test, a 3,300 pound barrier designed similar to an SUV hits the driver side at 31 mph. This test was introduced because the IIHS believed that the government’s testing of cars was insufficient to be applied to real-life situations.
  • The roof test is quite complex, and uses a crushing machine especially built for the purpose. The maximum force that the roof is able to take before it is crushed for 5 inches is then compared to the vehicle’s weight to calculate the strength-to-weight ratio. It’s a test used to assess what kind of protection a person would have in a rollover accident.

Drive an Award-Winning Mazda

Come down to Cox Mazda in Bradenton and test drive your favorite model out of the IIHS Top Safety Picks. We’re a family owned dealership that has been in the automotive business since the early 1900’s, so we know how important safety is to your family. Visit our dealership, talk to our knowledgable staff, and find the vehicle that will keep your family safe.