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MORE HUMAN IN NATURE

We created the Mazda CX-50 to enhance your experience of the outdoors, so you can connect to nature, to the road, and everything along the way. Our latest i-Activ AWD technology connects you seamlessly to the terrain while Mazda Intelligent Drive (Mi-Drive) technology levels up the driving experience with off-road and sport driving modes to make every trip a thrilling ride.

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PRECISION AND PERFORMANCE

The sculpted curves and bold contours of the Mazda3 makes it a standout in its class, with a refined, human-centric interior that will ignite the driver in you. Our latest Skyactiv engines combine outstanding performance with excellent fuel economy while offering responsiveness and that unique Mazda fun-to-drive feeling.

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LEAD WITH PURPOSE

Mazda’s first electric car represents a new standard in EV performance with 200 lb-ft torque and 143 hp, for an immediate response when you press the accelerator. From the sustainably sourced luxury materials in the cabin to the lightweight battery, our first-ever EV was designed holistically to produce fewer CO2 emissions during its entire lifecycle.

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DESIGNED TO MOVE YOU

The MX-5 Soft Top is informed by our human-centric engineering philosophy. From our advanced Skyactiv-Vehicle Dynamics for fuel-efficient driving to our new Kinematic Posture Control (KPC) to stabilize cornering posture, we are refining the classic roadster.

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Vehicle Safety Ratings

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If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, safety ratings are one of the most important features you’ll want to consider.

WHAT ARE AUTO SAFETY RATINGS?

Car safety ratings are grades given to specific vehicles that express how safe that vehicle is in the event of a collision, or how effective it is in avoiding a collision completely. These ratings are provided by different organizations based on their own sets of criteria and testing.

WHO DETERMINES AUTO SAFETY RATINGS?

There are two primary bodies that provide safety ratings for vehicles, each using their own criteria and ranking methods.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a US-based independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing deaths, injuries, and property damage from motor vehicle crashes. IIHS conducts tests and publishes safety ratings for vehicle occupant protection on a scale of Good to Poor, and crash avoidance on a scale of Superior to Basic. IIHS designates the best performers with their TOP SAFETY PICK and TOP SAFETY PICK+ awards, for which criteria is updated annually.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation whose New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) 5-Star Safety Ratings are aimed at helping consumers make smart decisions  about safety when purchasing a vehicle. Frontal, side pole, and side barrier crash tests, as well as a rollover resistance test, weigh into the Overall Vehicle Score. Recommended crash avoidance technologies are listed on NHTSA’s website but are not currently included in the 5-Star Safety Ratings.

HOW ARE RATINGS DETERMINED?

Each vehicle is subjected to numerous collision tests. While there are differences in how each rating organization conducts their tests, they are all designed to assess a vehicle’s overall crashworthiness. A vehicle’s safety features that help to avoid collisions or mitigate their severity are also tested and rated.

CHECKING A VEHICLE’S SAFETY RATINGS

To check a vehicle’s safety ratings, you can visit the NHTSA or IIHS websites and search by vehicle model and year. You can also compare vehicles to see how they stack up on different safety tests.

Consider visiting the Transport Canada website as well. It includes information on vehicle safety recalls, recalls of other components like car seats and tires, and statistics on Canadian road safety and collisions.

If you are in the market for a new vehicle, safety ratings should be one of the top factors you consider. When researching vehicles for purchase, the best approach is to examine safety ratings and crash test data from multiple sources. While vehicle attributes like fuel efficiency, accessories, and appearance are certainly important things to consider, guaranteeing the safety of you and your family is vital.

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