The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) evaluates vehicles every year, determining how safe each model is. The 2018 Top Safety Picks received Good ratings for head restraint, driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, and roof strength tests; have an Advanced or Superior rating in front crash prevention; and offer an Acceptable or Good headlight rating. The even more prestigious Top Safety Pick+ criteria include the same initial list of Good ratings; Acceptable or Good for passenger-side small overlap front test; a Good headlight rating; and an Advanced or Superior rating for the front crash prevention. An amazing six Mazdas qualified for these honors in 2018.

2018 Mazda 3 Sedan

The 2018 Mazda 3 four-door sedan is a Top Safety Pick with a Superior front crash prevention rating when equipped with the optional systems. Headlights and ease of use for child seat anchors both received Acceptable ratings.

2018 Mazda 3 Hatchback

The 2018 Mazda 3 five-door hatchback is very similar to its sedan counterpart and also earned the Top Safety Pick designation with identical ratings.

2018 Mazda 6

The midsize sedan, the 2018 Mazda 6, was also included as a 2018 IIHS Top Safety Pick. It received a long list of Good ratings, including a Superior rating for the front crash prevention with optional equipment, and an amazing Good+ rating for child seat anchors ease of use due to the inclusion of extra latch positions. The headlights earned an Acceptable rating.

2018 Mazda CX-3

Another Top Safety Pick, the 2018 Mazda CX-3 is the automaker’s smallest SUV. In addition to the long list of Good ratings for crashworthiness, it earned a Superior rating for front crash prevention. The CX-3 earned Acceptable ratings for both ease of use of child seat anchors and headlights.

2018 Mazda CX-5

The small SUV Mazda CX-5 went above and beyond, earning the status as a 2018 Top Safety Pick+. Its ratings are a field of green for Good with a Superior front crash prevention system and Good headlight rating. Like the other 2018 Mazdas, the CX-5 earned an Acceptable rating for the ease of use of its child seat anchors.

2018 Mazda CX-9

Finally, the 2018 Mazda CX-9 rounds out the list of 2018 IIHS Top Safety Picks from the automaker. This midsize SUV also received a Superior rating for front crash prevention and Good ratings across crashworthiness categories. Both headlights and ease of use of child seat anchors received an Acceptable rating.

Safety Features

All Mazdas have anti-lock brakes, stability control, front-impact airbags, side-impact airbags, overhead airbags, anti-whiplash head restraints, seatbelt pre-tensioners, and a security system. In addition to the expected safety features, some Mazdas offer a long list of advanced driver-assistive features. These include new features like Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go and the 360-Degree View Monitor. Previously unveiled features, such as Lane Keep Assist System, High Beam Control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Monitoring System, Smart City Brake Support, Adaptive Front-lighting System, and Smart Brake Support System with Collision Warning, are also available.