The 2016 Mazda CX-3 earned the Automotive Science Group’s (ASG) top award in class, earning ASG’s 2016 BEST ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE Award in the Compact Crossover 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 CX-3 outperformed 100 other Compact Crossovers, earning the distinction as an ASG best in class selection for model year 2016. However, the CX-3 also earned the distinct elevated honor as the BEST ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE SUV OF 2016, outperforming all 567 SUVs (Compact Crossover, Crossover, Mid-size SUV and Full-size SUV classes) available in the North American market.
ASG’s 2016 Study also found the CX-3 to hold the smallest life-cycle carbon footprint of any Crossover in its class, earning ASG’s 2016 BEST ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE Award in the Compact Crossover class.
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.