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2016 Mazda 6

Midsize moderately priced car
Crashworthiness
  • Small overlap front
    G
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

Front crash prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
with optional
equipment

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Child Seat Anchors (LATCH)
ease of use
P
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 (beginning with 2016 models)
3
Electronic stability control
4
Antilock brakes
5
Daytime running lights
Model year Front overlap SideRoof strengthHead restraints & seatsFront crash prevention
SmallModerate
2016
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
2015
A
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
2014
A
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
2013
A
G
G
A
M
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2012
A
G
G
A
M
Crash avoidance rating
2011
A
G
G
A
M
Crash avoidance rating
2010
A
G
G
A
M
Crash avoidance rating
2009
A
G
G
A
M
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
M
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
M
Crash avoidance rating
2006
G
P
M
Crash avoidance rating
2005
G
P
M
Crash avoidance rating
2004
G
P
M
Crash avoidance rating
2003
G
P
M
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2016 models

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
A
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Mazda 6 was redesigned for the 2014 model year. Beginning with 2016 models, the side curtain airbags were lengthened and the deployment timing for both the frontal and side airbags was reprogrammed to improve occupant protection in small overlap frontal crashes. Because there were no structural changes, the structure rating is based on Institute tests of both the 2014 and 2016 models.

Structure

The driver space was maintained well in both tests considered together. The maximum intrusion of the lower interior was 13 cm at the lower hinge pillar in both the 2014 and 2016 models. Upper interior intrusion measured 6 cm at the hinge pillar in both models and 5-8 cm at the instrument panel in the 2016 model.

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 reasonably well controlled. The dummy’s head remained largely in contact with the frontal airbag during the crash, but its head still moved toward the A-pillar because the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the dummy's head and torso. The side curtain airbag deployed and has 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 vehicle2016 Mazda 6i Touring 4-door
Weight 3,241 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase111 in.
Length192 in.
Width72 in.
Engine2.5 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings26 mpg city / 38 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEN1503CEN1305
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm)1313
Footrest (cm)108
Left toepan (cm)43
Brake pedal (cm)48
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm)13
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column00
Upper hinge pillar max (cm)66
Upper dash (cm)59
Lower instrument panel (cm)810

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEN1503
Head
HIC-15152
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm)10
Maximum Nij 0.27
Chest maximum compression (mm)23
Femur (kN)
Left0.3
Right0.2
Knee displacement (mm)
Left0
Right1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left0
Right0
Maximum tibia index
Left0.69
Right0.81
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left2.1
Right1.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left108
Right57

Applies to 2014-16 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 6 was redesigned for the 2014 model year. Two moderate overlap frontal tests of the Mazda 6 were conducted, one by the Institute and the other by Mazda as part of frontal crash test verification. Ratings are based on both tests.

Injury measures

Measures from the dummies in the two tests, taken together, indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity. Head accelerations from the sunvisor, roof, and grab handle hits were low or negligible in the Institute's test.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled in both tests. The driver side curtain and side thorax airbags deployed during the crash. In Mazda's test, 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. In the Institute's test, movement was similar except the dummy's head grazed the sunvisor, roof, and grab handle during rebound.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2014 Mazda 6i Touring 4-door
Weight 3,265 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase111 in.
Length192 in.
Width72 in.
Engine2.5 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings26 mpg city / 38 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF1220CEF1301
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)24
Left (cm)78
Center (cm)88
Right (cm)35
Brake pedal (cm)42
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)01
Right (cm)-10
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)-6-3
Rearward (cm)-5-6
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)10

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF1220CEF1301
Head
HIC-15178116
Peak gs at hard contactno contact negligible
Neck
Tension (kN)1.0 1.2
Extension bending moment (Nm)12 12
Maximum Nij 0.19 0.21
Chest maximum compression (mm)26 27
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.6 0.4
Femur force - right (kN)0.4 0.3
Knee displacement - left (mm)0 1
Knee displacement - right (mm)1 0
Maximum tibia index - left0.54 0.45
Maximum tibia index - right0.66 0.86
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.61.7
Tibia axial force - right (kN)3.11.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left4450
Right8857

Applies to 2014-16 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 6 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.

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 6i Touring 4-door
Weight 3,265 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase111 in.
Length192 in.
Width72 in.
Engine2.5 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings26 mpg city / 38 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTS1219
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.
-16.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTS1219
Head HIC-15182
Neck
Tension (kN)0.9
Compression (kN)0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)30
Lateral force (kN)1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)31
Average deflection (mm)28
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.39
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.45
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)2.2
Acetabulum force (kN)1.9
Combined force (kN)4.0
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.3
L-M moment (Nm)172
A-P moment (Nm) 9

Passenger injury measures

Test IDVTS1219
Head HIC-15183
Neck
Tension (kN)0.3
Compression (kN)0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)31
Lateral force (kN)1.2
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)34
Average deflection (mm)29
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.04
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.51
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.2
Acetabulum force (kN)0.9
Combined force (kN)0.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.4
L-M moment (Nm)208
A-P moment (Nm) 78

Applies to 2014-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight3,217 lbs
Peak force16,776 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio5.21
Tested vehicle
2014 Mazda 6i 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 2014-16 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

Leather power seat

How this test is conducted

Seat typeLeather power seat
Geometry
Backset (mm)5
Distance below top of head (mm)10
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)13.0
Head contact time (ms)57
Force rating1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)0
Max neck tension (N)422

Applies to 2016 models

System details

  • Optional Smart City Brake Support and Smart Brake Support
  • Optional Forward Obstruction Warning

Package name

  • Optional Grand Touring Tech Package

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Superior
with optional
equipment
5 points total

Forward collision warning

This system has not been evaluated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 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 24 mph.
3 points

How this rating is determined

Applies to 2014-16 models

System details

  • Optional Smart City Brake Support

Package name

  • Optional Touring Technology Package

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
with optional
equipment
2 points total

Forward collision warning

Not available.
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

How this rating is determined

Applies to 2015-16 models

How this rating is determined

Overall evaluation

P
Vehicle trimi Sport
Seat type cloth

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor and the ability to borrow lower anchors from the other seating positions.

Note: When anchors are borrowed, they aren't available to use in their designated positions.

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Good
Acceptable
Marginal
Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
Tether anchor
Lower anchors
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
Can be borrowed from 1 and 3
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
too much force needed to attach
difficult to maneuver around anchors

Seat position 21

3
Lower anchor A
Depth (cm)4-6
Force (lbs)35.0
Clearance angle (degrees)52
Lower anchor B
Depth (cm)2-4
Force (lbs)42.6
Clearance angle (degrees)64
Tether anchor
LocationRear deck
Confusing hardware presentNo
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 22

2
Lower anchor A
Lower latch is shared for this seat position
Lower anchor B
Lower latch is shared for this seat position
Tether anchor
LocationRear deck
Confusing hardware presentNo
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1
Lower anchor A
Depth (cm)2-4
Force (lbs)42.1
Clearance angle (degrees)57
Lower anchor B
Depth (cm)4-6
Force (lbs)38.8
Clearance angle (degrees)58
Tether anchor
LocationRear deck
Confusing hardware presentNo
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

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