2008 Mazda 6

midsize car / 4-door sedan

2008 Mazda 6 4-door sedan
2007 Mazda 6 shown


Rating overview
Moderate overlap front: original test
Head restraints & seats


  • G
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  • Basic

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

Moderate overlap front: original test

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
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
HIC-15 240
Peak gs at hard contact 79
Tension (kN) 1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm) 21
Maximum Nij 0.34
Chest maximum compression (mm) 26
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

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
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
Currently, IIHS tests apply only to front seats.

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