2016 Mazda 3  RealSafeCars69Safety Rating

#70 of 2016 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#137 of all 2016 vehicles

Pictured: 2020 Mazda 3
The 3, a mainstay of Mazda's lineup since 2004, is a small sedan/hatchback with seating up to 5. The Mazda 3 packs some potency, exceeding the average horsepower for its class. Exceeding the average MPG (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and the carbon footprint. Strong on technology, it has offered Android Auto and Apple CarPlay since 2019. Mazda offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.

The 2016 Mazda 3 is somewhat unsafe compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2016 Mazda 3 has a score of 69, implying a 0.056% chance of driver death (5% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2016 Mazda 3 has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0558% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 6.3669%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0558% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 6.3669% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2016 Mazda 3 is 20% more likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2016 Mazda 3 is 11% more likely to result in a fatal accident.


And it is safer than many comparable models.

8050Toyota iAToyota Scion tCNissan SentraKia ForteHyundai ElantraToyota CorollaDodge DartFord FocusToyota Scion iMMazda 3Volkswagen JettaHonda CivicComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2016 Mazda 3 with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 50 to 80. The 2016 Mazda 3 is safer than the 2016 Toyota iA, the 2016 Toyota Scion tC, the 2016 Nissan Sentra, the 2016 Kia Forte, the 2016 Hyundai Elantra, and the 2016 Toyota Corolla and less safe than the 2016 Toyota Scion iM, the 2016 Ford Focus, and the 2016 Dodge Dart. It is about as safe as the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta.

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