2011 Mazda 6

midsize car / 4-door sedan

2011 Mazda 6 4-door sedan
2009 Mazda 6 shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Other available safety features

  • Optional blind spot detection

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.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2009-13 models

Tested vehicle: 2012 Mazda 6i Touring 4-door

The Mazda 6 was redesigned for the 2009 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
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.

Action shot taken during the small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained reasonably well.

Except for door hinge pillar deformation, intrusion into the driver's space was reasonably well controlled, and risk of injuries to the dummy's legs and feet was low.

During the crash, the dummy's head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off to the left as the steering column moved to the right. The side curtain airbag did not deploy, allowing the head to hit the window sill.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2009-13 models

Tested vehicle: 2009 Mazda 6i Touring 4-door

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.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Side

Rating applies to 2009-13 models

Tested vehicle: 2009 Mazda 6i Touring 4-door with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Mazda 6 was redesigned for the 2009 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

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

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

The driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain airbag.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2009-13 models

Tested vehicle: 2009 Mazda 6i Touring 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,321 lbs
Peak force 11,789 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 3.55

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2009-13 models

Seat type: Manual cloth seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry