Safe and Secure: My Week Driving a Mazda6 (Review)
I test-drove a Mazda6 for a week courtesy of DriveShop, here’s my take on the experience.
Too many moms have those mental scars from car accidents that almost happened. My worst brush with danger happened while I was driving my then-infant son to visit my coworkers for the first time. I was driving, happily consumed by thoughts of introducing my very young baby to people I’d worked with so closely for years, when seemingly out of nowhere, an 18-wheeler zoomed up next to me and proceeded to start veering into my lane. Because I was right next to the giant truck, the driver couldn’t see me in his mirrors. My tiny, two-door coupe was no match for it. I was trapped between a sidewalk curb and a truck that was inching closer and closer. My horn couldn’t be heard over the truck’s loud engine. I had no choice, but to hit the brakes and stop my car in the middle of a busy street. I watched in silence as the truck completely veered into my lane a second later. Had I not stopped, my son and I would have been under the truck. I was too stunned and shaken to cry, but I get emotional when I remember that scary incident now.
Sometimes when I am on the road with my son and I spot an 18-wheeler, I tense up and get nervous. Whenever I can, I move away from them. If I had had a car that alerted me to an approaching vehicle I may have had time to move away, change lanes or turn into a nearby business. I’ve relived this near-accident so many times, I’ve come up with escape plans over and over.
Ever since that day, car safety has been priority numero uno when I’ve considered a new vehicle. So when I got the opportunity to drive the Mazda6 for a week, I was very happy to see that it was named a Top Safety Pick Plus by the IIHS. When I drove it, it was easy to see why it had won that distinction. These are a few of the features that helped me feel more safe and secure as I drove my son and I around town.
Large Screen with Reverse Camera: This, I loved. I have one in my current vehicle, but the reverse camera in the Mazda6 is super sharp and gives the widest view of what’s behind you as you reverse. I felt like blind spots were a non issue.
Lane Departure Warning System: Driving down my curvy, hilly, twisty neighborhood road is always an adventure. If you aren’t careful, you could end up in the next lane. The Mazda6’s alert system beeps should you find yourself too near or about to cross a median or lane without your signal.
Rear Cross Traffic Alert: This truly helps to eliminate the blind spot issue. If you are reversing and a vehicle approaches or crosses behind you, the system will beep.
Blind Spot Monitoring: If you are planning on changing lanes and there is a vehicle in the next lane that would generally be in your blind spot, the safety system will alert you. Then you can wait until it’s safe to change lanes.
Brake Support: If you are about to crash into an object in front of you, the safety system will automatically put on the brakes, helping to prevent a big collision. This works if you are driving between 3 and 18 miles per hour.
There’s a lot more to like about the Mazda6, namely Mazda Connect, the entertainment, navigation and communication hub in the car’s console. Plus, the fun red color and zippy drive reminded me of my sporty car days, just a whole lot safer!