Top Safety Pick

2018 Mazda CX-3

small SUV / 4-door SUV

Award applies only to vehicles with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

2018 Mazda CX-3 4-door SUV
2016 Mazda CX-3 shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Small overlap front: passenger-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights (varies by trim/option)
Front crash prevention
Optional system
Superior
Standard system
Not tested

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights
  • Optional blind spot detection
  • Optional lane departure warning

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2016-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2016 Mazda CX-3 Touring 4-door 4wd
The Mazda CX-3 was introduced in the 2016 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the driver-side small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well.

The driver's space was maintained well, and risk of injuries to the dummy's legs and feet was low.

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury.

Small overlap front: passenger-side

Rating applies to 2016-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2018 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring 4-door 4wd
The Mazda CX-3 was introduced in the 2016 model year. Passenger-side small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Mazda as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2016-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2016 Mazda CX-3 Touring 4-door 4wd
The Mazda CX-3 was introduced in the 2016 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the moderate overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained very well.

Intrusion into the driver's space was minimal, and all leg and foot injury measures were low.

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head contacted the side curtain airbag and head restraint during rebound (inset shows side curtain airbag after dummy was removed).

Side

Rating applies to 2016-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2016 Mazda CX-3 Touring 4-door 4wd
The Mazda CX-3 was introduced in the 2016 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

View of the vehicle just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain airbag.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2016-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2016 Mazda CX-3 Sport 4-door 4wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 2,881 lbs
Peak force 15,549 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.40

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2016-19 models

Seat type: Manual cloth seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry

Front crash prevention

Ratings are given for 2 different trim variations available on this vehicle.

System details

  • Optional Smart Brake Support
  • standard Smart City Brake Support

Package name

  • Optional Grand Touring trim with Premium Package

Applies to 2018-19 models

Overall evaluation

  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 23 mph.
Superior
Superior
with optional equipment

System details

  • Standard Smart City Brake Support

Applies to 2018-19 models

Overall evaluation

  • This system does not meet the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • Autobrake not tested.

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Headlights

Ratings are given for 3 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • Grand Touring trim equipped with Premium package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on both right curves, fair on the sharp left curve and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was good in all 4 tests.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and on both left curves.

Trim level(s)

  • Grand Touring trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on both right curves, fair on the sharp left curve and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was good in all 4 tests.

Trim level(s)

  • Sport trim
  • Touring trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

How headlights are evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2016-19 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim Touring
Seat type leatherette

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor and the ability to borrow lower anchors from the other seating positions.

Note: When anchors are borrowed, they aren't available to use in their designated positions.

1 2 3
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
Can be borrowed from 1 and 3
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors

How child seat anchors are evaluated