The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is one of the most respected names in automotive safety, and for good reason. Their tough crash tests and high standards mean that when they say a car is safe, drivers believe them. That’s why here at your home for new and used Mazda models we were thrilled to hear that IIHS has named the 2019 Mazda3 a Top Safety Pick in both the hatchback and sedan versions.

To assess its safety, IIHS subjects a vehicle to a series of five crash tests, as well as an evaluation of its front crash prevention and headlights. In order to be named a Top Safety Pick, a model must get the highest possible rating – “good” – in four out of the five crash tests, as well as one of the top two ratings in the passenger-side small overlap front test. But that’s not all. The experts need to determine that its front crash prevention is worthy of one of the top two ratings, as are the headlights. But the 2019 Mazda3 achieved all that, including the top rating for the passenger-side small overlap front test, and earned its place among the safest cars on the road.

In addition to its performance in crash tests, the 2019 Mazda3 impressed with i-ACTIVSENSE® Smart Brake Support, its front crash prevention system. The advanced technology detects not only other vehicles but pedestrians as well, and is able to respond and help prevent a collision. Other driver assist and safety features include i-ACTIVSENSE® Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go, automatic on/off headlights, and i-ACTIVSENSE® Driver Attention Alert that lets drivers know when it detects tiredness or distraction.

This high safety rating is just one more reason to love the 2019 Mazda3. Erie, PA drivers looking for a versatile, safe vehicle that is still a whole lot of fun to drive can find that in the popular and highly rated 2019 Mazda3. Visit Auto Express Mazda today for a test drive!