2018 Mazda 3  RealSafeCars71Safety Rating

#55 of 2018 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#121 of all 2018 vehicles

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

The 2018 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 2018 Mazda 3 has a score of 71, implying a 0.054% chance of driver death (4.9% chance of injury). If equipped with optional advanced driver safety features, the chance of death falls to 0.047%, and the chance of injury falls to 4.2%.

We estimate that the 2018 Mazda 3 has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0543% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 6.2044%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0543% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 6.2044% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2018 Mazda 3 is 17% more likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2018 Mazda 3 is 8% more likely to result in a fatal accident.

2018 Mazda 3 offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 14%.

But it is about as safe as many comparable models.

8152Hyundai AccentNissan SentraKia ForteVolkswagen JettaHonda CivicHyundai ElantraV. Golf SportWagenVolkswagen BeetleFord FocusToyota CorollaMazda CX-3Mazda 3Comparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2018 Mazda 3 with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 52 to 81. The 2018 Mazda 3 is safer than the 2018 Hyundai Accent, the 2018 Nissan Sentra, the 2018 Kia Forte, and the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta and less safe than the 2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen. It is about as safe as the 2018 Mazda CX-3 and the 2018 Toyota Corolla.

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