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The Mazda3 is Raking in the Awards

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2019 Mazda3
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Since the Mazda3 debuted in 2004, the more than 5 million models have been sold, making it the best-selling Mazda worldwide. Drivers and car critics alike love its fun dynamics, sporty styling, and quality craftsmanship — making it no surprise that the Mazda3 has earned some spiffy awards. Here’s a look at some recent recognition for the Mazda3.

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CarGurus — Best Used Car

Based on user reviews, professional critics, popularity, availability, and 12-year retention value, the Mazda3 emerged the winner in the competitive Best Used Sedan/Hatchback category.

“Shoppers who love to drive owe it to themselves to test-drive a pre-owned Mazda3” said Matt Smith, senior editor of CarGurus. “Few vehicles deliver the same level of driving enjoyment, and even fewer do so while offering shoppers the choice between sedan and hatchback body styles.” He also praised the car’s excellent value retention and sporty, compact design.

The award specifically covered Certified Pre-Owned 2014-2018 Mazda3 models, which come with warranty protection and 24-hour emergency roadside assistance.

Insurance Institute of Highway Safety — 2019 Top Safety Pick

Get a little more peace of mind when you drive with the Mazda3 hatchback and sedan — both models earned Top Safety Pick awards. The hatchback model took home the award with its standard equipment, while the sedan qualifies when equipped with Smart Brake Support, which can detect and react to vehicles and pedestrians. During testing, the system could prevent collisions at 12 mph and 25 mph. Smart Brake Support comes standard on the hatchback model, and on the Select, Preferred, and Premium sedan models.

In order to earn a Top Safety Pick designation, the vehicle has to get good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests, as well as an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention. Qualifying vehicles also need good- or acceptable-rated headlights and a good or acceptable performance in the passenger-side small overlap front test.

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