In hatchback form, the 2011 Mazda Mazda3 can support 5.09 times its weight before deforming significantly, as measured at a corner that relates to head protection; the Mazda3 sedan, which is a bit lighter already, can support more weight, too, for a total of 5.32 times its weight at the roof.
With these new results, in addition to the Mazda3's already 'good' ratings for frontal offset, side impact, and rear impact—and an impressive roster of safety features, including electronic stability control—the 2011 Mazda3 now qualifies for the Top Safety Pick designation.
The Mazda3 isn't quite at the top of its class for safety, however. The model achieves just two stars in side impact as gauged by more stringent federal tests introduced this year—due to intrusion of the rear door during the side-impact test and "a higher likelihood of thoracic injury."
Other vehicles in the Mazda3's segment that also achieve the Top Safety Pick designation include the Chevrolet Cruze, Kia Forte, Mitsubishi Lancer, and Toyota Corolla sedans, and the Volkswagen Golf hatchback. The 2011 Honda Civic is also a Top Safety Pick when optioned with electronic stability control.