2023 Mazda 3  RealSafeCars81Safety Rating

#36 of 2023 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#102 of all 2023 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 bypasses mud and snow with ease. Exceeding the average MPG (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and the carbon footprint. The Mazda 3 has some real zest, surpassing typical horsepower for its class. Mazda offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.

The 2023 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 2023 Mazda 3 has a score of 81, implying a 0.04% chance of driver death (3.6% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2023 Mazda 3 has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0402% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 4.5894%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0402% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 4.5894% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2023 Mazda 3 is 14% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2023 Mazda 3 is 20% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

Active safety features with Mazda's i-ACTIVSENSE can substantially reduce the risks of harm to vehicle occupants by preventing severe accidents. All trims and versions of the 2023 Mazda 3 include the following active safety systems: Forward Obstruction Warning with Smart City Brake Support / Smart Brake Support, Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), and Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM).

Some advanced safety features --- while not cutting edge --- can still improve vehicle safety. Standard side mirror turn signals can help when you don't see a vehicle in your blind spot, by alerting them to your intention to switch lanes, which allows the other driver to avoid an accident with you. 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.

But it is safer than many comparable models.

9156Kia SeltosHyundai KonaSubaru ImprezaHonda CivicSubaru CrosstrekBuick Encore GXMazda CX-30Toyota RAV4S. Crosstrek HybridVolkswagen Golf GTIVolkswagen TaosMazda 3Comparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2023 Mazda 3 with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 56 to 91. The 2023 Mazda 3 is safer than the 2023 Kia Seltos, the 2023 Hyundai Kona, the 2023 Subaru Impreza, the 2023 Honda Civic, the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek, and the 2023 Buick Encore GX and less safe than the 2023 Toyota RAV4 and the 2023 Mazda CX-30. It is about as safe as the 2023 Volkswagen Taos, the 2023 Volkswagen Golf GTI, and the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid.

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