2011 Mazda3 earns IIHS Top Safety Pick

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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What does the 2011 Mazda3 have in common with the Chevrolet Cruze, Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, Mitsubishi Lancer, Subaru Impreza and VW Golf? It's now a Top Safety Pick winner.

After being passed over for the award last year, the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2011 Mazda3 sedan and hatchback its Top Safety Pick honours, the result of the car achieving "Good" ratings in frontal offset and side-impact crash tests, plus roof strength tests.

The 2011 Mazda3 is the first Mazda to earn the Top Safety Pick accolade since the IIHS revised its testing criteria to require a "Good" rating in its roof strength test.

In terms of its roof strength, the 2011 Mazda 3 performed much better than needed. The four-door sedan withstood 5.32 times the weight of the entire car, while the hatchback managed to withstand 5.09 times the weight of the entire car. This is mightily impressive considering that the federal standard for roof strength in the United States where the IIHS is based is 1.5 times an entire vehicle's weight.

It's important to note that only 2011 Mazda3s manufactured after December 2010 are qualified for the IIHS' Top Safety Pick award. This is because Mazda altered the 3's roof structure in order to improve its overall strength. Another requirement for winners of the Top Safety Pick award is an electronic stability control (ESC) system, which was made standard on the Mazda3 for 2011.
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Topics: Hatchback, Sedan, Mazda, 2011, Mazda3, IIHS, Crash Test,

Organizations: Mazda

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