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2014 Mazda 3 4-door sedan

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Crashworthiness
Front crash
prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
with optional
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  • Small overlap front
    G
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
Ratings shown are the latest available for this model year.
See below for ratings based on manufacture date.
2014 Mazda 3 4-door sedan
2014 Mazda 3 4-door sedan
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
3
Electronic stability control
4
Antilock brakes
5
Daytime running lights
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
G
G
G
G
G
2013
G
G
G
G
2012
G
G
G
G
2011
G
G
G
G
2010
G
G
G
2009
G
M
2008
G
P
M
2007
G
P
M
2006
G
P
M
2005
G
P
M
2004
G
M

Applies to 2014 models built after October 2013

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
A
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The 2014 Mazda 3 4-door sedan is a twin of the tested vehicle.

The Mazda 3 was redesigned for the 2014 model year. Beginning with 2014 models built after October 2013, the front suspension was modified to improve occupant protection in small overlap frontal crashes (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door). The small overlap frontal ratings apply to both the hatchback and sedan versions of the Mazda 3.

Structure

The driver space was maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 12 cm at the lower hinge pillar. Upper interior intrusion measured 7-9 cm at the instrument panel.

Injury measures

Measures from the dummy indicate that injuries to the right lower leg would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s movement was well controlled. The dummy’s head loaded the frontal airbag, which stayed in front of the dummy until rebound. The side curtain airbag deployed and had sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag also deployed.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2014 Mazda 3i Touring 4-door
Weight 2,891 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase106 in.
Length176 in.
Width71 in.
Engine2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings30 mpg city / 40 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEN1346
Lower hinge pillar max (cm)12
Footrest (cm)8
Lower occupant compartment
Left toepan (cm)3
Brake pedal (cm)5
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm)1
Steering column0
Upper hinge pillar max (cm)4
Upper occupant compartment
Upper dash (cm)7
Lower instrument panel (cm)9

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEN1346
Head
HIC-15210
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.5
Extension bending moment (Nm)5
Maximum Nij 0.25
Chest maximum compression (mm)24
Femur (kN)
Left0.5
Right0.2
Knee displacement (mm)
Left1
Right1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left0
Right0
Maximum tibia index
Left0.46
Right0.86
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left1.2
Right1.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left50
Right54

Applies to 2014 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Mazda 3 was redesigned for the 2014 model year. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Mazda as part of frontal crash test verification. These ratings apply to both the sedan and hatchback versions of the Mazda 3.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. The driver side curtain and side torso airbags deployed during the crash. After the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, it rebounded into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2014 Mazda 3i Touring 4-door
Weight 2,870 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase106 in.
Length180 in.
Width71 in.
Engine2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings30 mpg city / 41 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF1315
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)3
Left (cm)7
Center (cm)8
Right (cm)2
Brake pedal (cm)2
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)0
Right (cm)-1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)-4
Rearward (cm)5
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF1315
Head
HIC-15124
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.2
Extension bending moment (Nm)14
Maximum Nij 0.24
Chest maximum compression (mm)35
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.5
Femur force - right (kN)0.3
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.41
Maximum tibia index - right0.53
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.0
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left44
Right64

Applies to 2014 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Mazda 3 was redesigned for the 2014 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Mazda as part of side crash test verification. These ratings apply to both the sedan and hatchback versions of the Mazda 3.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Passenger — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2014 Mazda 3i Touring 4-door
Weight 2,870 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase106 in.
Length180 in.
Width71 in.
Engine2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings30 mpg city / 41 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTS1310
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-14.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTS1310
Head HIC-15408
Neck
Tension (kN)0.9
Compression (kN)0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)32
Lateral force (kN)1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)32
Average deflection (mm)29
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.76
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.42
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.5
Acetabulum force (kN)1.3
Combined force (kN)2.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.9
L-M moment (Nm)114
A-P moment (Nm) 138

Passenger injury measures

Test IDVTS1310
Head HIC-15113
Neck
Tension (kN)0.3
Compression (kN)0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)48
Lateral force (kN)1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)42
Average deflection (mm)32
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)2.61
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.58
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.1
Acetabulum force (kN)1.6
Combined force (kN)1.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.1
L-M moment (Nm)49
A-P moment (Nm) 158

Applies to 2014 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight2,866 lbs
Peak force18,217 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio6.36
Tested vehicle
Rating applies to both the Mazda 3 hatchback (tested) and the structurally similar Mazda 3 sedan.
2014 Mazda 3 i Touring 4-door
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2014 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Manual cloth seat

How this test is conducted

Seat typeManual cloth seat
Geometry
Backset (mm)14
Distance below top of head (mm)4
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)11.1
Head contact time (ms)61
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)0
Max neck tension (N)396

Applies to 2014-15 models

System details

  • Optional Smart City Brake Support
  • Optional Forward Obstruction Warning

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
with optional
equipment
2 points total

Forward collision warning

This system does not meet the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for forward collision warning.
0 points

Low-speed autobrake

In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
2 points

High-speed autobrake

In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 0 mph.
0 points

Tested vehicle

2014 Mazda 3 S Grand Touring 4-door

How this rating is determined

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