And for those who would rather avoid accidents in the first place, strong four-wheel disc brakes are included in all Mazda3 models.
Crash-test results have been very good but not quite at the top of the class. The federal government, under last year's less-stringent testing, rated the 2010 Mazda3 five stars for frontal impact and four and five stars for side impact. New 2011 ratings for the model aren't yet out. The insurance-funded IIHS has given the Mazda3 its top 'good' rating in frontal offset and side tests, but it hasn't yet tested the model for roof crush.