Mazda MPV1996-98 models
MODERATE OVERLAP FRONT TEST
|Structure/safety cage||Injury measures||Restraints/dummy kinematics|
|Head/neck||Chest||Leg/foot, left||Leg/foot, right|
Important: Frontal crash test ratings can be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.
Good Acceptable Marginal Poor
The Mazda MPV was introduced in the 1989 model year. Frontal airbags for both the driver and passenger became standard beginning with the 1996 model year.
Restraints/dummy kinematics — Dummy movement wasn't well controlled. During rebound, the seatback rotated forward so that the head restraint hit the dummy's head. The left knee cracked the lower instrument panel, and a sharp edge produced a deep gash in the dummy's vinyl knee "skin."
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 left knee indicate that injuries to the knee would be possible. Forces on both tibias indicate that injuries to the lower legs would be possible.
Left to right:
- Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.
- The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space wasn't maintained well.
- The rearward movement of the left front wheel split the seam between the floor and door sill. The wheel intruded into the driver footwell area.
- Blue and pink paint show where the dummy's left knee and shin cracked the lower instrument panel. The sharp edge produced a deep gash in the dummy's "skin.".
- Antilock brakes (beginning with 1996 models)
Tested vehicle specifications:
- 1996 Mazda MPV LX
- Class: Minivan
- Weight: 3,799 lbs.
- Side airbags: none
- Wheelbase: 110 in.
- Length: 184 in.
- Width: 72 in.
- Engine: 3.0 L V6
- EPA ratings: 16 mpg city | 22 mpg highway