RICHMOND HILL, ON (Feb. 19, 2020)

Mazda Canada today announced that four of its models have earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) 2020 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award. When equipped with optional front crash prevention technology, the 2020 Mazda3, Mazda3 Sport, Mazda6, and CX-5 all receive the highest safety designation available from IIHS. Mazda’s CX-3 subcompact crossover also earns an additional 2020 TOP SAFETY PICK award when equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights, and the CX-9 receives the TSP award with specific headlights. With these awards, Mazda models have earned more TSP+ awards than any other manufacturer in Canada.

To qualify for the 2020 TOP SAFETY PICK and TOP SAFETY PICK+ awards, Mazda vehicles earned good ratings in each of the Institute’s six crashworthiness evaluations: moderate overlap front, driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints & seats. Mazda vehicles also earned advanced or superior ratings for front crash prevention in both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations. Additionally, Mazda achieved good or acceptable headlight ratings, with the “plus” awarded to its models that come exclusively with good or acceptable rated headlights.

“Mazda is dedicated to the safety of our owners, first and foremost, and receiving these 2020 TOP SAFETY PICK and TOP SAFETY PICK+ awards for our vehicles is a reassuring signal to them that our commitment is unwavering,” said Mazda Canada President & CEO David Klan. “Offering the most advanced safety equipment along with class-leading driving dynamics goes hand-in-hand to ensure that our owners feel confident and secure every time they get behind the wheel of their Mazda vehicle.”

Mazda’s i-Activsense is an umbrella term covering a series of advanced safety technologies which make use of detection devices such as milliwave radars and cameras. They include active safety technologies that support safer driving by helping the driver to recognize potential hazards, and pre-crash safety technologies which help to avert collisions or reduce their severity in situations where they cannot be avoided. Mazda’s i-Activsense advanced safety technologies include Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection, Smart Brake Support with Collision Warning, Smart Brake Support, Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go Function, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning System with Lane-Keep Assist, Driver Attention Alert, High Beam Control, Adaptive Front-Lighting System, and Traffic Sign Recognition.

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