2022 Mazda 3  RealSafeCars77Safety Rating

#45 of 2022 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#133 of all 2022 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. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it handles mud, snow, and sand with ease. 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 2022 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 2022 Mazda 3 has a score of 77, implying a 0.045% chance of driver death (4.1% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2022 Mazda 3 has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0454% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 5.1887%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0454% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 5.1887% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2022 Mazda 3 is 3% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2022 Mazda 3 is 10% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

Active safety features with Mazda's i-ACTIVSENSE greatly enhance occupant safety by reducing the likelihood of a crash. All trims and versions of the 2022 Mazda 3 include the following active safety system: Forward Obstruction Warning with Smart City Brake Support / Smart Brake Support. There are optional safety features on the 2022 Mazda 3 which may add to the cost but should be strongly considered --- Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) and Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM).

Some advanced safety features --- while not cutting edge --- can still improve vehicle safety. Optional High-Beam Control System (HBC) automatically switches high beam headlights off when oncoming traffic is approaching and turns them back on when there aren't any vehicles ahead. 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.

8454Volkswagen JettaChevrolet MalibuKia K5Kia ForteSubaru ImprezaHonda CivicNissan AltimaToyota CorollaMazda 3Nissan SentraVolkswagen TaosHyundai SonataComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2022 Mazda 3 with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 54 to 84. The 2022 Mazda 3 is safer than the 2022 Volkswagen Jetta, the 2022 Chevrolet Malibu, the 2022 Kia K5, the 2022 Kia Forte, the 2022 Subaru Impreza, and the 2022 Honda Civic. It is about as safe as the 2022 Hyundai Sonata, the 2022 Volkswagen Taos, the 2022 Nissan Sentra, the 2022 Toyota Corolla, and the 2022 Nissan Altima.

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