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2013 Mazda 6

Midsize moderately priced car

Crashworthiness
Front crash
prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Not Available
  • Small overlap front
    A
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    A
  • Head restraints & seats
    M
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Electronic stability control
3
Antilock brakes
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 2009-13 models

Overall evaluation
A
Structure and safety cage
A
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
M
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Mazda 6 was redesigned for the 2009 model year.

Structure

The driver space was maintained reasonably well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 16 cm, and the upper hinge pillar and instrument panel intruded 9-11 cm.

Injury measures

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

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side as the steering column moved 11 cm to the right, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward side structure. The side curtain airbag did not deploy, allowing the dummy’s head to hit the window sill and leaving it vulnerable to contact with outside objects.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2012 Mazda 6i Touring 4-door
Weight 3,285 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase110 in.
Length194 in.
Width72 in.
Engine2.5 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings22 mpg city / 31 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEN1220
Lower hinge pillar max (cm)16
Footrest (cm)9
Lower occupant compartment
Left toepan (cm)5
Brake pedal (cm)4
Parking brake (cm)0
Rocker panel lateral average (cm)9
Steering column0
Upper hinge pillar max (cm)9
Upper occupant compartment
Upper dash (cm)10
Lower instrument panel (cm)11

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEN1220
Head
HIC-15148
Peak gs at hard contactnegligible
Neck
Tension (kN)1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm)16
Maximum Nij 0.37
Chest maximum compression (mm)25
Femur (kN)
Left2.8
Right1.6
Knee displacement (mm)
Left5
Right0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left0
Right0
Maximum tibia index
Left0.59
Right0.66
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left1.4
Right2.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left41
Right48

Applies to 2009-13 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
M
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 2009 model year. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Mazda as part of frontal crash test verification.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the head, neck, and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on the right tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be possible. Head acceleration from the roof rail/sunvisor hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

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

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2009 Mazda 6i Touring 4-door
Weight 3,400 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase110 in.
Length194 in.
Width72 in.
Engine2.5 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings21 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF0809
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)5
Left (cm)7
Center (cm)7
Right (cm)7
Brake pedal (cm)2
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)0
Right (cm)0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)2
Rearward (cm)4
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF0809
Head
HIC-15150
Peak gs at hard contact24
Neck
Tension (kN)1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm)10
Maximum Nij 0.22
Chest maximum compression (mm)28
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.3
Femur force - right (kN)3.1
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.39
Maximum tibia index - right1.08
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.0
Tibia axial force - right (kN)4.3
Foot acceleration (g)
Left71
Right88

Applies to 2009-13 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 2009 model year.

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 vehicle2009 Mazda 6i Touring 4-door
Weight 3,320 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase110 in.
Length194 in.
Width72 in.
Engine2.5 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings21 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0926
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.
-13.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0926
Head HIC-15391
Neck
Tension (kN)0.9
Compression (kN)0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)35
Lateral force (kN)1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)27
Average deflection (mm)25
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.01
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.29
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)3.8
Acetabulum force (kN)1.3
Combined force (kN)4.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.5
L-M moment (Nm)71
A-P moment (Nm) 39

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0926
Head HIC-15203
Neck
Tension (kN)0.3
Compression (kN)0.7
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)30
Lateral force (kN)1.1
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)38
Average deflection (mm)29
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)2.84
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.42
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.1
Acetabulum force (kN)2.0
Combined force (kN)2.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.6
L-M moment (Nm)155
A-P moment (Nm) -32

Applies to 2009-13 models

Overall evaluation
A
Curb weight3,321 lbs
Peak force11,789 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio3.55
Tested vehicle
2009 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 2009-13 models

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

Seat type

Manual cloth seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typeManual cloth seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)54
Distance below top of head (mm)19
Seat design parameters
Pass/failFail
Max T1 acceleration (g)11.7
Head contact time (ms)98
Force ratingModerate
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)139
Max neck tension (N)561

Applies to 2013 models

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Not Available
0 points total

Forward collision warning

Not available.
0 points

Low-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

High-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

How this rating is determined

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