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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Five stars, frontal impacts; five stars, side impacts
Good," frontal offset impact; "good," side impact; Top Safety Pick
The 2010 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 benefits from an incredibly stout frame that holds up well in crash tests and protects occupants; plus, its safety feature list is strong.
The Speed3 has been tested by both NHTSA and the IIHS, and the results from both organizations are impressive. In NHTSA tests, the 2010 MazdaSpeed3 earns the highest possible rating, five stars, in both of the frontal impact categories, as well as five stars in both side impact tests. The IIHS reports similarly high scores, giving the MazdaSpeed3 a best-possible "good" rating in both the frontal offset impact and side impact tests. The IIHS also bestows the prestigious Top Safety Pick award on the 2010 Mazda MazdaSpeed3, citing the hatchback’s “good performance in front, side, and rear tests and optional electronic stability control.”
In addition to its top-notch crash-test ratings, the 2010 MazdaSpeed3 offers a wealth of high-tech safety features. Popular Mechanics notes that “standard ABS and stability control” are included on the Mazda MazdaSpeed3, as well as the requisite list of airbags throughout the cabin. Cars.com says that “critical safety features like front, side-impact and curtain airbags are standard,” although there is no available rearview camera. Fortunately, visibility is good in all directions from within the 2010 MazdaSpeed3.
The 2010 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 is one of the safest choices in the hot-hatch or tuner crowd.