Safety is the Mazda 3's forte. In the NHTSA review of the 2022 Mazda 3 Sedan, it scored five stars in every category and a full five-star overall safety rating; so far, the limited tests performed on the 2023 model mirror these results. Thanks to its impressive lineup of standard safety features, the 2023 model also received a Top Safety Pick award in the IIHS review, with a Good grading for the top two trims' adaptive LED headlights but just an Acceptable rating for the standard LED headlights.
NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.
The 3 is handsomely equipped across the range, but only mid-range models from the Select get blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic assist as standard. That's over and above the standard safety features - all models get smart brake support, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control with stop & go, driver-attention alert, tire-pressure monitoring, and automatic high beams. The top two trims get adaptive LED headlights and traffic-sign recognition, and only the Turbo Premium Plus gets a surround-view camera, traffic-jam assist, and automatic reverse braking. Eight airbags are standard, including knee airbags for the front occupants, as is ABS, and traction and stability control.
|Mazda 3 Sedan Trims||2.5 S||2.5 S Select||2.5 S Preferred||2.5 S Carbon Edition||2.5 S Premium||2.5 Turbo Premium Plus|
|Rear Parking Aid||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||S|
|Blind Spot Monitor||N/A||S||S||S||S||S|
|Lane Departure Warning||S||S||S||S||S||S|
|Lane Keeping Assist||S||S||S||S||S||S|
|Tire Pressure Monitor||S||S||S||S||S||S|
The Mazda 3's J.D. Power score for quality and reliability is only average at 77 out of 100. According to the NHTSA, the Mazda 3 was recalled six times in 2019 and twice in 2020, but only once as a 2021 model at the time of our review. The 2021 recall affected just 599 units that may have a leaking air valve on the tires and also affected the CX-30. Both the 2022 and 2023 Mazda 3s have been recall-free so far.
The Mazda 3 is covered by a three-year/36,000-mile warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.