The results of the latest round of the Euro New Car Assessment Program have been released, and the Mazda 6 has officially been recognized as one of the safest cars on the road today after it received the highest rating possible of five stars.
Based on the Euro NCAP tests, both the sedan and wagon versions of the Mazda 6 scored top marks in all four categories. For its adult occupant protection, child occupant protection and safety assist systems, the 6 scored 92%, 77% and 81%, respectively--well above the 80%, 60% and 65% thresholds required in these categories for a car to collect five stars overall. The 6 also scored 66% for pedestrian safety, one the best marks in Europe among vehicles tested this year.
As we featured in our August 2013 issue, Mazda's suite of Skyactiv technologies isn't limited to the powertrain alone, but also includes the car's body and chassis. While the Skyactiv body weighs 8% less than its predecessor, for example, it uses more high-tensile steel "for greater strength and less weight."
The 6's five-star rating is Mazda's fourth under a stringent new rating system that Euro NCAP introduced in 2009, following the previous-generation 6, the outgoing 3 and the CX-5.