Style and utility are two key features to consider in any new car search, but superseding both is safety. And while safety-focused automotive articles tend to revolve around the impressive advances that continue to be made in the field of intelligent driver-assist technology, safety starts with visibility. After all, if you can’t see where you’re going, you’re going to run into some trouble. That’s why the Mazda brand engineering team spends so much time and energy working to optimize visibility in every Mazda vehicle.

Seishi Nakamura, a member of the Vehicle Testing & Research Department, had this to say on the subject: “For us at Mazda, excellent visibility means a condition where a driver can see whatever they want to see in a proper driving posture, without any physical burden or stress.” To deliver superior visibility, Mazda has worked to identify and optimize three specific types of visibility.

The first is panoramic visibility. This refers to a driver’s ability to gain a wide, unencumbered view through the front windshield. To maximize panoramic visibility, Mazda engineers have pushed the A-pillars to the rear. Next up is continuous visibility. This refers to a driver’s visibility while a car is in motion, specifically focusing on right-hand turn visibility, as well as visibility when rounding a corner. As one of their test scenarios, Mazda engineers tackled the challenge of seeing a child crossing the road, no matter if the child was beyond the A-pillar, between the A-pillar and the door mirror, or above the door mirror. Third is visibility in dark conditions. Adaptive LED Headlights (ALH) and the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) help Mazda vehicles choose the optimal lighting configuration for every scenario.

Read more about the Mazda brand’s work to optimize visibility on their website, and be sure to see their innovative solutions in action here at Liberty Mazda near Manchester, CT. We’ve got a number of great Mazda lease offers available this month, including savings on a new 2018 Mazda CX-9 Sport.