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2006 Mazda 3

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2005 Mazda 3 4-door sedan shown
2005 Mazda 3 4-door sedan shown
Crashworthiness
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    P
  • Head restraints & seats
    M


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Model year Front overlap Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention
Small Moderate
2016
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
2015
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
2014
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
2013
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2012
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2011
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
G
M
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
P
M
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
P
M
Crash avoidance rating
2006
G
P
M
Crash avoidance rating
2005
G
P
M
Crash avoidance rating
2004
G
M
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2004-09 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 introduced in the 2004 model year as a replacement for the Protege.

Injury measures

Measures taken from dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity. Head acceleration from the roof rail hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the roof rail.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2004 Mazda 3 s 4-door
Weight 2,854 lbs.
Side airbags none
Wheelbase 104 in.
Length 179 in.
Width 69 in.
Engine 2.3 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 24 mpg city / 29 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0418
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 5
Left (cm) 8
Center (cm) 6
Right (cm) 4
Brake pedal (cm) 4
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 2
Right (cm) 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 1
Rearward (cm) -5
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF0418
Head
HIC-15 198
Peak gs at hard contact 22
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.5
Extension bending moment (Nm) 21
Maximum Nij 0.28
Chest maximum compression (mm) 28
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.9
Femur force - right (kN) 2.1
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 9
Maximum tibia index - left 0.29
Maximum tibia index - right 0.62
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.7
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 1.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 59
Right 67

Applies to 2005-08 models built after August 2004

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

The Mazda 3 was introduced in the 2004 model year as a replacement for the Protege.

All 2005 and later Mazda 3 models manufactured after August 2004 include door trim panel changes to improve occupant protection in side-impact 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). Beginning with 2009 models, side airbags were made standard.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that serious skull fracture and/or brain injuries plus rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries would be likely in a crash of this severity. A fracture of the pelvis also would be possible.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that head injuries plus rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries would be possible in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was hit by the intruding barrier, producing high head injury measures.

Passenger — The dummy's head was hit by the window frame and window sill of the rear passenger door, producing moderately high head injury measures.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2005 Mazda 3 i 4-door
Weight 2,799 lbs.
Side airbags none
Wheelbase 104 in.
Length 178 in.
Width 69 in.
Engine 2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 26 mpg city / 34 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES0430
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.
-5.5

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES0430
Head HIC-15 2,504
Neck
Tension (kN) 2.0
Compression (kN) 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 61
Lateral force (kN) 3.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 58
Average deflection (mm) 48
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 6.70
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 1.60
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 3.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 3.2
Combined force (kN) 6.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.5
L-M moment (Nm) 68
A-P moment (Nm) 41

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES0430
Head HIC-15 674
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Compression (kN) 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 40
Lateral force (kN) 2.2
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 43
Average deflection (mm) 37
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.61
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 1.02
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.9
Combined force (kN) 3.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.8
L-M moment (Nm) 158
A-P moment (Nm) -42

Applies to 2004-09 models

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

Seat type

Base seats

How this test is conducted

Seat type Base seats
Geometry
Backset (mm) 52
Distance below top of head (mm) 55
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Fail
Max T1 acceleration (g) 11.9
Head contact time (ms) 86
Force rating 2
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 116
Max neck tension (N) 984

Applies to 2004-09 models

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

Seat type

Seats with adjustable lumbar

How this test is conducted

Seat type Seats with adjustable lumbar
Geometry
Backset (mm) 48
Distance below top of head (mm) 65
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Fail
Max T1 acceleration (g) 10.4
Head contact time (ms) 104
Force rating 2
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 138
Max neck tension (N) 839
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags with front seat-mounted torso airbags (standard beginning with 2009 models, optional in 2004-08 models)
2
Electronic stability control (optional beginning with 2007 models)
3
Antilock brakes (optional)

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