Mazda3 Saloon and Hatchback only small cars to achieve highest rating in leading US safety test

Leading US safety body the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has announced that the Mazda3 Saloon and Mazda3 Hatchback achieved their highest performance rating and were the only vehicles out of 11 small cars to earn its top “Good” rating in a new, tougher side crash test. IIHS developed the updated side crash test to simulate higher severity crashes by using a heavier barrier traveling at a higher speed as the striking vehicle.

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Last year, the Mazda CX-5 was the only vehicle out of 20 small SUVs to earn a “Good” rating in the same test. And earlier this year, the Mazda CX-9 also earned the top, “Good” rating, standing out as one of only two midsize SUVs to get a “Good” rating in every category of the test.

“We are proud to add Mazda3 to the list of Mazda’s top performing vehicles in side impact safety,” said Mazda North America Operations, Manager of Vehicle Safety Compliance, Planning, & Development Jennifer Morrison. “It’s more challenging for a vehicle of its size. We took lessons learned from CX-5 and CX-9 to offer an equal level of occupant protection in our small car, the Mazda3.”

Mazda is proud to add this top achievement to our list of accolades from IIHS, including all-tested Mazda vehicles earning the IIHS 2022 TOP SAFETY PICK+, the highest award in safety. These vehicles include the Mazda3 Sedan and Hatchback, CX-30, CX-5, and CX-9, and all-new CX-50.

The IIHS is an independent, non-governmental safety-testing organization, funded by the insurance industry.