2020 Mazda 3  RealSafeCars78Safety Rating

#48 of 2020 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#113 of all 2020 vehicles


The 3, a mainstay of Mazda's lineup since 2004, is a midsize sedan/hatchback with seating up to 5. The Mazda 3 has some real zest, surpassing typical horsepower for its class. Exceeding the average MPG (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and the carbon footprint. It has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it can easily handle mud, snow, and sand. Mazda offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2020 Mazda 3 is average 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 2020 Mazda 3 has a score of 78, implying a 0.044% chance of driver death (4% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2020 Mazda 3 has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0444% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 5.0721%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0444% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 5.0721% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2020 Mazda 3 is 7% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2020 Mazda 3 is 14% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

Mazda's i-ACTIVSENSE active safety features can protect loved ones by preventing accidents and reducing accident severity. An active safety system that is standard on the 2020 Mazda 3 is Forward Obstruction Warning with Smart City Brake Support / Smart Brake Support. Optional safety features on the 2020 Mazda 3 which we recommend include Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) and Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM).

Some safety technologies get a lot of press, but another may also improve safety. Side mirror turn signals are optional on the Mazda 3. They alert other vehicles of your intention to switch lanes, which allows the other vehicle's driver to prevent an impending accident with you.


But it is safer than many comparable models.

8655Volkswagen JettaKia ForteSubaru ImprezaHonda CivicNissan SentraKia OptimaHonda CR-VMazda 6Subaru LegacyMazda 3Toyota CorollaNissan RogueComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2020 Mazda 3 with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 55 to 86. The 2020 Mazda 3 is safer than the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta, the 2020 Kia Forte, the 2020 Subaru Impreza, the 2020 Honda Civic, the 2020 Nissan Sentra, and the 2020 Kia Optima. It is about as safe as the 2020 Toyota Corolla, the 2020 Subaru Legacy, and the 2020 Mazda 6.

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