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2014 Mazda 6

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

Crash avoidance & Mitigation
Front crash prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
with optional
equipment

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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
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 2014-15 models

Overall evaluation
A
Structure and safety cage
A
Injury measures
Head/neck
A
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.

Structure

The driver space was maintained reasonably well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 13 cm, and the instrument panel intruded 9-10 cm.

Injury measures

A high head acceleration occurred when the dummy's head hit the steering wheel through the airbag, indicating that head injuries would be possible in a crash of this severity. Measures indicate that injuries to the right lower leg also would be possible.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s head remained in contact with the frontal airbag, but its head still moved toward the left side of the steering wheel and A-pillar because the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the head and torso. The side curtain airbag deployed and had 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 vehicle 2014 Mazda 6i Touring 4-door
Weight 3,230 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 111 in.
Length 192 in.
Width 72 in.
Engine 2.5 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 26 mpg city / 38 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1305
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 13
Footrest (cm) 8
Left toepan (cm) 3
Brake pedal (cm) 8
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 3
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 0
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 6
Upper dash (cm) 9
Lower instrument panel (cm) 10

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1305
Head
HIC-15 331
Peak gs at hard contact 108
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm) 4
Maximum Nij 0.30
Chest maximum compression (mm) 22
Femur (kN)
Left 0.1
Right 0.2
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 1
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.55
Right 0.82
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.7
Right 1.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 35
Right 46

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 vehicle 2014 Mazda 6i Touring 4-door
Weight 3,265 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 111 in.
Length 192 in.
Width 72 in.
Engine 2.5 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 26 mpg city / 38 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1220 CEF1301
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 2 4
Left (cm) 7 8
Center (cm) 8 8
Right (cm) 3 5
Brake pedal (cm) 4 2
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0 1
Right (cm) -1 0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -6 -3
Rearward (cm) -5 -6
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1220 CEF1301
Head
HIC-15 178 116
Peak gs at hard contact no 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 - left 0.54 0.45
Maximum tibia index - right 0.66 0.86
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.6 1.7
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 3.1 1.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 44 50
Right 88 57

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 vehicle 2014 Mazda 6i Touring 4-door
Weight 3,265 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 111 in.
Length 192 in.
Width 72 in.
Engine 2.5 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 26 mpg city / 38 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1219
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 ID VTS1219
Head HIC-15 182
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 ID VTS1219
Head HIC-15 183
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 weight 3,217 lbs
Peak force 16,776 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.21
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 type Leather power seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 5
Distance below top of head (mm) 10
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 13.0
Head contact time (ms) 57
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 422

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 2014-15 models

System details

  • Optional Smart City Brake Support
  • Optional Forward Obstruction Warning

Package name

  • Optional Touring Technology Package
  • Optional Mazda Radar Cruise Control and Forward Obstruction Warning Package, Advanced Package

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
with optional
equipment
2 points total

Forward collision warning

This system does not meet the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria 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 0 mph.
0 points

How this rating is determined

1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Electronic stability control
3
Antilock brakes
4
Daytime running lights

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