Top Safety Pick

2011 Mazda 3

small car / 4-door hatchback

Award applies only to vehicles built after December 2010

2011 Mazda 3 4-door hatchback

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2010-13 models

Tested vehicle: 2010 Mazda 3 S-Sport 4-door

The Mazda 3 was redesigned for the 2010 model year. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Mazda as part of frontal crash test verification. The frontal ratings also apply to the hatchback version of the Mazda 3, also redesigned for the 2010 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Side

Rating applies to 2010-13 models

Tested vehicle: 2010 Mazda 3 S-Sport 4-door with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Mazda 3 was redesigned for the 2010 model year. The side ratings also apply to the hatchback version of the Mazda 3, also redesigned for the 2010 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side airbag.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2011-13 models built after December 2010

Tested vehicle: 2011 Mazda 3 S-Sport 4-door hatchback

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,023 lbs
Peak force 15,380 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.09

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2010-13 models

Seat type: Manual cloth seats AHR

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry