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Most new car shoppers want to buy a vehicle that puts safety first. And why not? After all, you’re likely spending a pretty penny on your new car. It should come outfitted with all of the safety features needed to inspire confidence each time that you take the wheel. Fortunately, the 2021 Mazda3 can do just that. Whether you choose the sedan or hatchback version of the Mazda3, you can expect it to come brimming with safety features. Not to mention its impressive crashworthiness ratings too.

A grey 2021 Mazda3 Hatchback driving down a highway road
The 2021 Mazda3 Hatchback in action | Photo via Mazda

2021 Mazda3 standard safety features

The 2021 Mazda3 makes nary a compromise when it comes to standard safety features. Opt for even the base model, hatchback or sedan, and you can expect it to come well-stocked with safety features like advanced dual-front airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags and side-impact air curtains, and knee airbags. This year’s new Mazda3 is also standard with an anti-lock brake system with brake assist, dynamic stability control, and smart brake support.

Every 2021 Mazda3 model boasts a long list of standard driver-assistance technology too. Among its standard driver-assist features are automated emergency braking and automatic high-beam headlights. All models also come standard with a lane departure warning system, lane-keep assist, and radar cruise control. A driver attention alert system comes standard too.

And if those safety features don’t inspire quite enough confidence? The 2021 Mazda3 offers a slew of additional driver-assist features. Included in the Premium Plus Package, which is available on Mazda3 2.5 Turbo models, are driver-assist safety features like Traffic Jam Assist, front and rear parking sensors, a 360º View Monitor, and last but not least – Smart Brake Support with rear-cross traffic alerts.

The 2021 Mazda3 is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+

Fortunately for the 2021 Mazda3, all those safety features scored it some pretty high ratings in crashworthiness tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has tapped this year’s new Mazda3 as a Top Safety Pick+. Earning such a designation goes to show just how safe the new Mazda3 really is.

According to the IIHS, the new Mazda3 earned a ‘Good” overall rating in its driver-side small overlap, small overlap front passenger-side, and moderate overlap front crashworthiness tests. This year’s model also earned a rating of ‘Good’ in side crashworthiness tests. It is worth noting that it earned an ‘Average’ score for driver injury measures as they relate to the torso, however. As for its roof strength, head restraints, seats, and front crash protection – this year’s model continued the trend of earning itself a ‘Good’ overall rating.

It also earned a five-star rating from the NHTSA

As for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)? It gave the 2021 Mazda3 a five-star frontal crash rating, side crash rating, and rollover rating. All in all, that earned the 2021 Mazda3 a five-star overall safety rating. Having already been named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, that’s pretty impressive.

Is the 2021 Mazda3 safe?

In the end, the 2021 Mazda3 makes for a pretty safe vehicle. Whether you opt for the sedan or hatchback version of this Mazda, you can expect it to come with all of the safety features you need to feel protected behind the wheel.


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