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2004 Mazda 6

Midsize moderately priced car
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    P
  • Head restraints & seats
    M
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags with front seat-mounted torso airbags (standard beginning with 2007 models, optional in 2003-06 models)
2
Antilock brakes (standard beginning with 2006 models, optional on 2003-05 models)
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
A
G
G
G
G
2013
A
G
G
A
M
2012
A
G
G
A
M
2011
A
G
G
A
M
2010
A
G
G
A
M
2009
A
G
G
A
M
2008
G
M
2007
G
M
2006
G
P
M
2005
G
P
M
2004
G
P
M
2003
G
P
M

Applies to 2003-08 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
A
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 introduced in the 2003 model year as a replacement for the Mazda 626.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the neck, chest, and both legs indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. A high head acceleration occurred when the dummy's head hit the B-pillar, indicating that injuries to the head would be possible.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the B-pillar.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2003 Mazda 6 i 4-door
Weight 3,086 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase105 in.
Length187 in.
Width70 in.
Engine2.3 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings23 mpg city / 29 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0311
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)4
Left (cm)6
Center (cm)8
Right (cm)7
Brake pedal (cm)2
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)0
Right (cm)0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)0
Rearward (cm)5
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)1

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0311
Head
HIC-15240
Peak gs at hard contact79
Neck
Tension (kN)1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm)21
Maximum Nij 0.34
Chest maximum compression (mm)26
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.5
Femur force - right (kN)2.8
Knee displacement - left (mm)1
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.33
Maximum tibia index - right0.42
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.4
Tibia axial force - right (kN)4.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left39
Right50

Applies to 2003-06 models

Overall evaluation
P
Structure and safety cage
M
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
P
Torso
A
Pelvis/leg
P
Head protection
P
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
P
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
A
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.

Injury measures

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.

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 pillar behind the rear passenger door. This pillar is required by federal standard to provide some protection for occupants' heads.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2004 Mazda 6i 4-door
Weight 3,137 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase105 in.
Length187 in.
Width70 in.
Engine2.3 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings22 mpg city / 29 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0401
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.
1.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0401
Head HIC-152,165
Neck
Tension (kN)2.1
Compression (kN)0.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)47
Lateral force (kN)3.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)50
Average deflection (mm)37
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)5.14
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.99
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)5.4
Acetabulum force (kN)2.5
Combined force (kN)7.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.2
L-M moment (Nm)160
A-P moment (Nm) 80

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0401
Head HIC-15384
Neck
Tension (kN)0.3
Compression (kN)1.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)40
Lateral force (kN)1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)57
Average deflection (mm)42
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)4.94
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)1.11
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.8
Acetabulum force (kN)1.9
Combined force (kN)2.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.4
L-M moment (Nm)198
A-P moment (Nm) 37

Applies to 2003-05 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

Seats without adjustable lumbar

How this test is conducted

Seat typeSeats without adjustable lumbar
Geometry
Backset (mm)50
Distance below top of head (mm)58
Seat design parameters
Pass/failFail
Max T1 acceleration (g)10.7
Head contact time (ms)98
Force ratingModerate
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)151
Max neck tension (N)966

Applies to 2003-05 models

Overall evaluation
P
Dynamic rating
P
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 typeSeats with adjustable lumbar
Geometry
Backset (mm)35
Distance below top of head (mm)68
Seat design parameters
Pass/failFail
Max T1 acceleration (g)11.1
Head contact time (ms)104
Force ratingHigh
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)192
Max neck tension (N)1,178

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