Not every new vehicle earns this coveted rating.
If you're in the market for a brand new Mazda6 sedan or CX-9 crossover, this latest piece of news will be music to your ears. The Japanese automaker has just announced the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a completely independent, non-governmental safety testing agency, has awarded these two popular vehicles with its coveted "Top Safety Pick+" certification. The award went to those built after June 2019 equipped with front crash prevention and specific headlights and will carry over to 2020 models.
In order to qualify as a Top Safety Pick+, the vehicle in question must achieve good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests. In addition, it must also earn an advanced or superior rating for crash prevention when equipped with superior headlights.
Beginning last June, Mazda updated both the Mazda6 and CX-9 with the necessary headlights to qualify. On top of this, both models have already earned good ratings in all crashworthiness tests and superior front crash prevention scores.
"With the driver in mind, Mazda takes an active approach to safety and gives the driver more peace of mind, which makes driving more fun," said Mazda President Jeff Guyton. "Confident driving is better driving, and the updates to the 2019 Mazda6 and 2019 CX-9 show Mazda's commitment to providing our customers with advanced safety technologies."
The hot-selling Mazda CX-5 along with the latest Mazda3 sedan and Mazda3 hatchback have already earned the Top Safety Pick+ rating. If this IIHS rating is important to you, then be sure to double check the build date on window stickers for both the 2019 Mazda6 and CX-9. Mazda has also already announced pricing for both, with the Mazda6 beginning at $23,800 and the CX-9 at $32,280.