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Why Mazdas Are Safe for Winter Roads

Your travel needs don’t stop just because the roads get icy. Yes, all cars can be fitted with snow tires, but certain models have design features which make them safer to drive when road conditions are bad.

Here are three reasons why Mazdas are so safe to drive in the Canadian winter.

i-Active AWD Technology

This feature is emblematic of the incredible technology found on cars priced well below the luxury range. Cars with i-Active AWD have sensors that check road conditions 200 times a second. Even better, the car can respond in real time to what it senses. It’s hard to believe that a car in this price bracket has such futuristic technology.

You can learn more at Yorkdale Dufferin Mazda to see other applications of the i-Active AWD technology. For example, they can sense the exterior temperature, the effort required to turn the front wheels, and the load on the engine. Based on this data, the car itself will know if there are adverse weather conditions like snow or rain, or if you’re trying to make it up a hill, and will adjust for slippage or add more torque to the rear wheels accordingly.

This innovative and safe technology is available in all 2018 CX-3, CX-5, and CX-9 models.

Sky-Activ Vehicle Dynamics with G-Vectoring Control

This technology results in a smoother, safer ride without the driver having to actively do anything. Cars with SKYACTIV Vehicle Dynamics with G-Vectoring Control (GVC) automatically adjust their handling by taking road conditions into account so that, for example, if you’re trying to drive straight along a slippery road, you won’t have to keep making small adjustments to the steering wheel, it’ll straighten out for you.

This is an extremely helpful safety feature in any season, as it helps with stability when it’s raining out or even when you need to make an evasive maneuver when roads are perfectly dry. GVC makes the driver feel like the tires are clinging to the road even in snowy or icy conditions — an extremely valuable safety feature on unpredictably icy roads in winter.

Designed for Winter Conditions

Not all the winter safety features have to do with advanced technology. Sometimes good car design is enough. The CX series has a high undercarriage clearance, meaning the car’s bottom is raised enough that it can travel safely over unplowed roads. While they have a high centre of gravity, they also have enough heft so they won’t be pushed around in strong winds or snow squalls on the highway.

And when it comes to sedans, the Mazda6 comes standard with 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft torque—it has the kick you need when trying to go up an icy hill.

Mazda has had a home here in Canada for over 50 years, and their cars have survived that many rugged Canadian winters for a reason. Nothing will replace keeping alert and driving defensively, but Mazdas have great safety features designed to meet winter road conditions.

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