1996 Mazda Protege

small car / 4-door sedan


Rating overview
Moderate overlap front


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Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 1995-98 models

Tested vehicle: 1997 Mazda Protege LX 4-door

The Mazda Protege was redesigned for the 1995 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics
Dummy movement wasn't well controlled. The belt lengthened excessively, allowing the dummy's right knee to hit the ignition switch. During rebound, the dummy moved toward the driver door. Its head went through the open window and, as the dummy's head re-entered the vehicle, it hit the window frame.

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 reasonably well.

The dummy's right knee hit the ignition during the offset test. This can cause serious lacerations or increase crash forces on the leg.