The 2019 Mazda Mazda6 is an IIHS Top Safety Pick when equipped with specific headlights.
 - Photo courtesy of IIHS.

The 2019 Mazda Mazda6 is an IIHS Top Safety Pick when equipped with specific headlights.

Photo courtesy of IIHS.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given a Top Safety Pick award to Mazda's 2019 Mazda6, when the car is equipped with specific headlights.

The Mazda6 underwent a series of rigorous crashworthiness evaluations and performed well across the board. It scored good ratings in six key tests. These included the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, head restraint tests, and passenger-side small overlap front test.

The Mazda6 also comes with a standard superior-rated front crash prevention system—one that more than qualifies the car for the award. The IIHS notes that the vehicle avoided a collision in the 12 mph track test and reduced its speed by 24 mph in the 25 mph test. 

To capture a Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must also offer a good or acceptable headlight rating. The midsize car is available with two headlight options. Its optional curve-adaptive LED projector headlights, which come on several premium trim lines, earn an acceptable rating in IIHS evaluations — allowing it to attain Top Safety Pick status.

However, the Mazda 6's base headlights, which are static LED projectors, earn only a marginal rating because they provided inadequate visibility in several testing scenarios.

Four other Mazda models have earned Top Safety Pick recognition, while the CX-5 captured the higher-tier Top Safety Pick+ award, notes IIHS.

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