Mazda's all-new 2019 Mazda3 has earned the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety's (IIHS) Top Safety Pick designation. The Mazda3 earned the highest possible score of "Good" on every crash test conducted by the group. That includes the very difficult Small Frontal Overlap test for both the passenger and driver side of the vehicle.
Mazda3 Safety History
The Mazda3 has a long record of earning high marks in its segment for safety. In fact, the Mazda3 has earned the Top Safety Pick Award every year since 2012. That is one reason why the Mazda3 is often listed as the best pick as a used car.
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Mazda3 Standard Equipment
The 2019 Mazda3 comes standard with automatic emergency braking on all trims. This goes beyond what is required by law. The vehicle also come standard with the following safety features:
-Advanced dual front air bags
-Front seat-mounted side-impact air bags and side-impact air curtains
-Driver's and front passenger's knee air bag
-3-point safety belts for all seating positions
-Front safety-belt pretensioners with force limiters
-Whiplash-reducing front seat headrests
-Anti-lock Brake System with Electronic Brake Force Distribution & Brake Assist
-Dynamic Stability Control with Traction Control System
Mazda3 Child Safety
In addition to earning top crash test and active safety scores, the Mazda3 also has child safety seat tethers that earn the highest score possible. IIHS found that the two outboard rear seats have safety tethers that were:
In an easy-to-find location
Required no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Were not located too deep in seat
Did not need too much force needed to attach
Were easy to maneuver around anchors
Those looking for a compact sedan or five-door hatchback vehicle who value their safety and that of their family members would be wise to put the 2019 Mazda3 high on their list of considerations.