Applies to 2014-15 models
|Structure and safety cage|
|Restraints and dummy kinematics|
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.
The 2015 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. (Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on the driver door or adjacent B-pillar.) The small overlap frontal ratings apply to both the hatchback and sedan versions of the Mazda 3.
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.
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 vehicle||2014 Mazda 3i Touring 4-door|
|Weight|| 2,891 lbs.|
|Side airbags||front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags|
|Engine||2.0 L 4-cylinder|
|EPA ratings||30 mpg city / 40 mpg highway|
How this test is conducted
Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side
|Lower hinge pillar max (cm)||12|
|Lower occupant compartment|
|Left toepan (cm)||3|
|Brake pedal (cm)||5|
|Parking brake (cm)|
|Rocker panel lateral average (cm)||1|
|Upper hinge pillar max (cm)||4|
|Upper occupant compartment|
|Upper dash (cm)||7|
|Lower instrument panel (cm)||9|
Driver injury measures
|Peak gs at hard contact||no contact |
|Tension (kN)||1.5 |
|Extension bending moment (Nm)||5 |
|Maximum Nij ||0.25 |
|Chest maximum compression (mm)||24 |
|Knee displacement (mm)|
|Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)|
|Maximum tibia index|
|Tibia axial force (kN)|
|Foot acceleration (g)|