Three Mazda Cars Receive IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Rating

Mazda6 - Bakersfield, CA

The Mazda6 is one of three models that earned the prestigious IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation

Every year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates every single new vehicle for its overall safety and is widely considered one of the strictest and most well-regarded safety rating systems in the nation. The top honor is the IIHS Top Safety Pick+, and it just so happens that, for 2016, not one, not two, but three Mazda models have earned this renowned award.

The Mazda CX-5, the Mazda3 and the Mazda6 have each received the IIHS Top Safety Pick+. You might see some vehicles with the rating “Top Safety Pick,” which is still a great achievement, but it’s missing that special little plus-sign at the end. That symbol indicates that these models haven’t just met the IIHS’s standards for ultimate safety, but have gone above and beyond.

Mazda’s i-ACTIVESENSE Collision-Prevention system is just one of the many reasons for the automaker’s big wins. This system includes Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Smart City Brake Support for low speeds, and Smart Brake Support for high speeds.

Congratulations to Mazda for its three huge victories! And congrats to you if you happen to drive any one of these awesome vehicles.

The MX-5 Roadster Scores Car of the Year Japan

Mazda MX-5 Miata - Bakersfield, CA

The MX-5 was an easy choice for Car of the Year Japan!

We love our vehicles here in the states, but our automotive passion is put to the test by our car-crazed friends over the Pacific. So, when Japan says they love a car, there’s a good chance that car is something particularly spectacular.

That’s why we’re particularly proud here today at Bakersfield Mazda for the all-new Mazda MX-5’s Car of the Year Japan title. Known as the Mazda Roadster within Japan, the MX-5 took the country by storm with its high-achieving performance features and sleek, classic-roadster design. The open-top two-seater was built for fun on the road wherever you go and offers the full range of Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology engineering features.

Mazda also won the award last year for the Mazda Demio, also known as the Mazda2. This year’s win marks the sixth Car of the Year Japan victory for Mazda.

Here’s a pro tip: the MX-5 looks just as sleek on American streets as it does in Japan!