2006 Mazda 6

midsize car / 4-door sedan

2006 Mazda 6 4-door sedan
2004 Mazda 6 shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Head restraints & seats

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2003-08 models

Tested vehicle: 2003 Mazda 6i 4-door

The Mazda 6 was introduced in the 2003 model year as a replacement for the Mazda 626.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

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 was maintained very well.

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head hit the B-pillar, roof rail, and head restraint during rebound. Head acceleration from the B-pillar hit was high.

There was little change in the position of the dummy's feet following the crash test. Injury risk was low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0311
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 ID CEF0311
Head
HIC-15 240
Peak gs at hard contact 79
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 - left 0.33
Maximum tibia index - right 0.42
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.4
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 4.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 39
Right 50

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2003-06 models

Tested vehicle: 2004 Mazda 6i 4-door without optional side airbags

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.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
The dummy's head was hit by the intruding barrier, producing high head injury measures.
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
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.

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing damage to the occupant compartment.

Action shot taken during the side impact crash test showing the driver dummy's head being hit by the intruding barrier.

A prominent dent indicates where the driver dummy's head hit the barrier.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES0401
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) 1.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES0401
Head HIC-15 2,165
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 ID CES0401
Head HIC-15 384
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

How the side crash test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: Power cloth seats with manual adjustable lumbar

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Power cloth seats with manual adjustable lumbar
Geometry
Backset (mm) 60
Distance below top of head (mm) 58
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Fail
Max T1 acceleration (g) 11.6
Head contact time (ms) 96
Force rating 2
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 154
Max neck tension (N) 568

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted