2016 Mazda 3 Earns Five-Star Safety Rating From Federal Government

WASHINGTON — The 2016 Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback earned the highest five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

On sale now at Mazda dealerships, the 2016 Mazda 3 received five stars in the front and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover crash test.

The 2016 Mazda 3 has not been rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, but it was a 2015 Top Safety Pick+, earning "good" scores in all Institute crash tests. The five-passenger car was redesigned for the 2014 model year.

For 2016, the Mazda 3 is equipped with a standard back-up camera on all models.

Other standard safety features include electronic stability control, antilock brakes and daytime running lights.

New for the 2016 Mazda 3 i Sport is the optional Preferred Equipment package, which includes a blind-spot monitoring system and rear cross-traffic alert.

Top-trim 2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring models with the Technology package include Smart City brake support, a lane-departure warning system and forward-obstruction warning.

Key competitors to the Mazda 3 include the Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Kia Forte and Toyota Corolla.

Edmunds says: Car shoppers keeping score should note that the 2016 Ford Focus and 2016 Toyota Corolla also earned the top five-star safety rating from NHTSA. The 2016 Kia Forte sedan earned the top five-star safety rating, but the 2016 Forte hatchback has not been rated. The 2016 Honda Civic has not been rated by NHTSA.