For buyers who prioritize safety, the Mazda 3 is a great choice. Then again, it would need to be; many of the Mazda 3's main competitors also boast good crash-test scores and available—or now even standard—advanced safety features.
Federal testers haven't yet finished rating the 2017 Mazda 3, but considering its similarities to last year's version, we feel comfortable carrying over those scores. Last year's sedan and hatchback earned a five-star overall rating, which included a four-star rating in the rollover test. The IIHS gave the Mazda 3 all "Good" scores in their tests and awarded the compact car its highest Top Safety Pick+ designation. That's good enough for a 9 out of 10 on our safety scoring system. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
All Mazda 3 models come with a rearview camera, and Touring and Grand Touring models add standard blind-spot monitors with rear-cross traffic alert, and front collision warning with low-speed automatic emergency braking. Optional safety equipment includes active lane control and automatic headlights and high beams.
Outward visibility in the Mazda 3 isn't especially good considering its upwardly curved window line and thick door pillars. In the hatchback, partially obscured glass at the rear means rear visibility is compromised, which makes the standard rearview camera and blind-spot monitors more than just a convenience, they're practically necessary for the small car.