2009 Mazda MAZDA3 Safety

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No Mazda 3 has been side-tested recently, but the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tested a previous-year Mazda 3 without side airbags, and the results of the test weren’t pretty. While it received a "good" rating for the front offset impact test, it earned a "poor"—the lowest rating—for the side test. Now that side bags are standard across the line, results should be better. In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) frontal-impact crash tests, the 2009 Mazda 3 scored four (out of five) stars.

Side and curtain airbags are now standard on the Mazda 3, but electronic stability control is still limited to top trims.

The 2009 Mazda 3 now gets a competitive set of standard safety features, yet it’s still not at the top of the class.

Motor Trend notes that with its short hood and ample glass, the 2009 Mazda 3 will let drivers see well. Only in the hatchback will the C-pillars "cause some blind spots.”

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