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Old 02-01-2016, 02:12 PM   #1
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Mazda 3 Crash Safety Ratings

Does anyone know the difference between the tests that the IIHS and NHTSA conduct?

Looking at the 2013 Mazda 3 Hatch:

NHTSA has it at 4/5 stars overall, but only 3/5 for side crash, and only 2/5 for passenger rear seat side impact.
2013 Mazda Mazda3 5 HB FWD | Safercar -- NHTSA

The IIHS has the car as a Top Safety Pick and is scored "Good" or "Acceptable" for side impact and rear side impact.
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The scores between the two tests seem completely different, and not sure which one to trust more. Is the IIHS less stringent on their crash tests? Opinions?
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Old 02-01-2016, 04:25 PM   #2
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Don't buy a Mazda3 dude. Noisy as fuck and cheaply made (for the premium your paying).

If you can drive a stick, get a manual Focus. You'll save thousands in purchasing and it'll have at least as many options (probably more) than a Mazda3.

As for safety, don't worry, it's pretty about the same for both
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ask this guy:
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Don't buy a Mazda3 dude. Noisy as fuck and cheaply made (for the premium your paying).

If you can drive a stick, get a manual Focus. You'll save thousands in purchasing and it'll have at least as many options (probably more) than a Mazda3.

As for safety, don't worry, it's pretty about the same for both
I'm not buying a Mazda 3 so don't worry. Didn't answer my question, but thanks anyways I guess?
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this should help:

NHTSA
-side-impact first component: 3000lb vehicle@38.5mph + second component: pole @ 20mph


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-side-impact SUV-like barrier @ 31mph
-"The sled employed to "T-bone" the stationary test vehicle has the height and mass of a car, not an SUV or a pickup truck. This tends to minimize its intrusion into the cabin — making it a best-case scenario." -http://www.cars.com/go/advice/Story.jsp?section=safe&subject=crash&story=crashKn ow

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Thanks, that is exactly what I was looking for. NHTSA impacts at a higher speed, thus their safety ratings will be lower than that of IIHS depending on the car.
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Don't buy a Mazda3 dude. Noisy as fuck and cheaply made (for the premium your paying).

If you can drive a stick, get a manual Focus. You'll save thousands in purchasing and it'll have at least as many options (probably more) than a Mazda3.

As for safety, don't worry, it's pretty about the same for both
I disagree, the current gen Mazda 3 is a lot more refined than the current gen Focus. Current gen Mazda 3 is fairly priced provided you don't go GT. Don't go GT.
They gave me a brand new 2015 Focus for 2.5 months as a courtesy car and I always checked if my windows/doors were properly closed, I think the door seals were just crap. The Focus would creak going over speed bumps and parking lot entrance ramps too.
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I agree with ilvtofu. I mean you can see Mazda cutting a few corners last gen but it's still fairly solid and I had no mechanical problems whatsoever.
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What's wrong with the current Mazda 3 GT?
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What's wrong with the current Mazda 3 GT?
i find it expensive and just doesn't excite me very much. if you were looking for a compact car with good crash ratings, i think the 2016 civic is the better choice.
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How bad of a driver are you that "crash ratings" factor in on your purchasing a vehicle???

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Maybe OP goes to Richmond a lot and he's more worried he might end up BEING the dollar store/The One Cafe
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yeah Mazda 3 is awesome, get it



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The Knight Sports body kit looks really nice. I remember you posted that before Timpo. I'm a big fan of their Mazda 6 one.
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How bad of a driver are you that "crash ratings" factor in on your purchasing a vehicle???

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It's not always about how good or bad YOU are... And plus, there's nothing wrong with having a safer car in case something does happen. Cars can be replaced, lives cannot.
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^ granted, modern cars are so safe nowadays that unless that you're getting into a crash going 100+km/hr or anything of the sort, its pretty impossible to die or be permanently be injured because of it.
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