The 2016 Mazda3 earned the Automotive Science Group’s (ASG) 2016 BEST 5 ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE honor, and is distinguished among an elite group of five vehicles in the Mid-size Car class. In areas of environmental, social and economic performance, the three fundamentals of ASGʼs data-driven automotive life-cycle assessment platform - the Automotive Performance Index (API) - the Mazda3 performed among the top five vehicles in a competitive class comprised of 330 Mid-size Cars for model year 2016. BEST 5 honored models are the best overall performers in class and are among ASG's top selections for 2016.
The API applies statistical methods to demonstrate each vehicle rating in relative comparison. The vehicle that performs highest in any performance area, in a given class, obtains a rating score of 100 in that specific performance area (Economic, Social, Environmental and All-Around Performance). Each vehicle is then compared relative to the top-performing vehicle in its class, with a rating score reflecting the statistical difference in performance outcomes. For example, a rating of 95 translates to a 5% performance deficit as compared to the top-performing vehicle in class.