Applies to 2003-06 models
|Structure and safety cage|
|Driver injury measures|
|Rear passenger injury measures|
|Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.
The Mazda 6 was introduced in the 2003 model year as a replacement for the Mazda 626.
When side airbags are optional, as in this vehicle when it was tested, the Institute conducts the test without this option. If a manufacturer offering optional side airbags requests the Institute to conduct an additional test of a vehicle with this option and agrees to reimburse the cost of the vehicle, a second test is conducted. Mazda did not request such a test.
Note: Beginning with 2007 models, side airbags were made standard, so these ratings do not apply to 2007 and later models.
Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that serious skull fracture and/or brain injuries, plus a fracture of the pelvis would be likely in a crash of this severity. Rib fractures would also be possible.
Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries would be likely in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.
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 pillar behind the rear passenger door. This pillar is required by federal standard to provide some protection for occupants' heads.
Tested vehicle specifications
|Tested vehicle||2004 Mazda 6i 4-door|
|Weight|| 3,137 lbs.|
|Engine||2.3 L 4-cylinder|
|EPA ratings||22 mpg city / 29 mpg highway|
How this test is conducted
Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side
|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.
Driver injury measures
|Lateral deflection (mm)||47|
|Lateral force (kN)||3.3|
|Maximum deflection (mm)||50|
|Average deflection (mm)||37|
|Maximum deflection rate (m/s)||5.14|
|Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)||0.99|
|Iliac force (kN)||5.4|
|Acetabulum force (kN)||2.5|
|Combined force (kN)||7.9|
Passenger injury measures
|Lateral deflection (mm)||40|
|Lateral force (kN)||1.8|
|Maximum deflection (mm)||57|
|Average deflection (mm)||42|
|Maximum deflection rate (m/s)||4.94|
|Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)||1.11|
|Iliac force (kN)||0.8|
|Acetabulum force (kN)||1.9|
|Combined force (kN)||2.6|