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2024 Mazda CX-30, Mazda3 Sedan and Hatchback Receive Safety Awards

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Mazda’s entire small-car lineup has received a Top Safety Pick+ award by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the agency’s highest honor. IIHS doles out awards for occupant protection and crash avoidance in two tiers, Top Safety Pick and the more rigorous Top Safety Pick+. The 2024 Mazda CX-30 compact SUV, as well as the 2024 Mazda3 hatchback and sedan, have now all made the cut for the higher award.

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To qualify as a Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must earn top marks in three different frontal crash tests and a side impact evaluation. (IIHS rates crash and headlight performance on a scale of poor, marginal, acceptable or good, and crash avoidance systems on a scale of basic, advanced or superior.) Vehicles’ standard headlights must rank as acceptable or good, and a crash avoidance system that earns an advanced or superior rating in daytime and nighttime pedestrian detection tests must at least be available as an option.

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All three Mazdas qualify for the highest award in their standard configuration. Mazda fits two different headlights to the Mazda3 depending on trim level; one ranked good and the other acceptable. The CX-30’s two available headlights were both rated as good. The three Mazdas also feature a standard forward collision warning system that earned a superior rating in both tests.

With the exception of the MX-5 Miata, Mazda’s entire 2024 lineup has earned an IIHS award. In addition to the CX-30 and the Mazda3, the CX-90 was named a Top Safety Pick+ in both regular and plug-in-hybrid forms, while the CX-5 and CX-50 qualified for the lesserTop Safety Pick award.

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