On sale in July at Mazda dealerships, the 2017 CX-3 received five stars in the front and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover crash test.
The rating applies to front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions of the CX-3.
Standard safety equipment on the 2017 CX-3 includes six airbags, antilock brakes, stability control, traction control and a rearview camera.
A blind-spot monitoring system and rear cross-traffic alert are standard on the CX-3 Touring and Grand Touring models. A $1,170 i-Activsense package adds several safety items, including Smart City Brake Support, lane-departure warning and radar cruise control.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not rated the 2017 CX-3.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers keeping score should note that the 2017 Honda HR-V also earned the highest five-star overall safety rating from NHTSA. The 2017 Chevrolet Trax and Nissan Juke have not been rated.