Safest Family Cars of 2013
Last year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety decided to up their standards. This means that new cars flaunting a Top Safety Pick rating are no longer the safest cars available. IIHS has added a new small overlap front test and those who are able to pass it with nothing less than an acceptable score, are getting a Top Safety Pick+ rating. The plus rating has already been awarded to the 2014 Mazda6, making it one of the safest family cars of 2013.
As the small overlap front test is the newest test, it’s one of the most difficult to pass. Some manufacturers are being forced to completely reinvent their vehicles. The test mimics what would happen if a small portion of the front driver’s side were to hit a solid object such as a tree or telephone pole. In this type of collision, the driver is thrown diagonally in the cabin rather than straight forward. It’s for this reason that side curtain airbags play a huge role in protecting the passenger. The frame of the vehicle is also important as the bulky engine doesn’t help to stop the impact from reaching the passenger cabin like it does in frontal impacts.
With the small overlap front test, there are now five different crash tests for vehicles to complete. That list includes the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side and rollover impact, and head/seat restraints. In order to receive the Top Safety Pick+ rating, a vehicle must score the highest rating of “good” in any four out of five tests, and nothing less than “acceptable” in the fifth. The 2014 Mazda6 did just that, meaning it is one of the safest family cars of 2013.
Don’t put your family at risk. Get yourself behind the wheel one of the 2014 Mazda6 in Lodi, NJ, one of safest family sedans available. We have many different trims to choose from in our extensive new car inventory, so check them out and while you’re here, take a look at our financing options. Schedule a test drive to experience the difference that can only be found in a Mazda.