The 2010 Mazda 3 seems to be racking up awards like crazy lately with a five star rating by the NHTSA for crash safety and now garnering top safety pick by the IIHS. The second gen Mazda 3 received a ‘Good’ rating which is the highest mark available from the IIHS and also received the best marks possible in the structure/safety cage, head/neck, chest, restraints/dummy kinetics and leg/left foot categories of crash safety. Only the leg/right foot pulled a slightly lower award of ‘Acceptable’ due to potential force on the right tibia leading to possible injury.
In addition to a great safety rating for frontal impact the 2010 Mazda 3 also received a rating of ‘Good’ for side impact, the highest possible, and ‘Good’ for rear impact protection. This is a significant change from the first gen Mazda 3 which scored a ‘Marginal’ rating for rear impact protection and ‘Poor’, the lowest possible, for side impact. The newly improved crash safety ratings prove the 2010 Mazda 3 is a worthy successor to the popular first gen mazda 3 and the new changes made by Mazda are more than skin deep.
2010 Mazda 3 Frontal Crash Safety Test
2010 Mazda 3 Side Impact Crash Safety Test