IIHS puts to the test Mazda’s CX-3 image

The smallest crossover in Mazda’s lineup has been evaluated by US IIHS and CX-3 has passed the crash tests with flying colours.

The Mazda CX-3 earned the highest award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, namely the Top Safety Pick+, thanks to good ratings in the institute’s small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint evaluations. The 2016-year model was also being ranked with top award thanks to its optional front collision prevention system that has received a superior rating. In IIHS track tests at 12 mph, the small crossover managed to fully avoid a collision, while in the 25 mph assessment, the impact speed was cut by an average of 23 mph.

In the challenging small overlap test, the institute pointed out that CX-3’s structure also held up well. The driver space was not severely affected, with a maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 9 cm at the lower hinge pillar and with an upper interior intrusion measured as much as 8 cm at the instrument panel. Measures taken from the dummy indicated a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of such severity.

The 2017 model year is just getting ready to hit the market and it will venture into Mazda’ US showrooms this July, holding its starting price of 19,960 dollars, excluding the 900 dollars for destination charges taxes or additional fees. All CX-3 models come standard with the 146-horsepower Skyactiv-G 2.0-litre engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, featuring Sport mode. Power is routed to either the front wheels or through all four with i-ACTIV all-wheel drive.