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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
‘Good,’ frontal offset; ‘good,’ side impact, ‘marginal,’ rear impact; 'acceptable,' roof strength
Four stars overall; three stars frontal, four stars side
Safety is one point of concern, especially if you're considering the 2012 Mazda6 as a primary family car. While it has all the safety features you can expect to find in this class of car, its occupant protection (crash-test) ratings aren't at all impressive.
In the federal government's NCAP testing system, the 2012 Mazda6 earned just three our of five stars for frontal impact, along with four stars for side impact and a four-star overall score. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Mazda6 offers 'good' protection for frontal and side impact but just 'marginal' for rear impact. Furthermore, in the new IIHS roof strength category, the 6 scored just 'acceptable.'
The one concerning part of the IIHS results is their contention that "forces on the right tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be possible."Otherwise, there's a complete set of safety features here; front side airbags, side-curtain bags, anti-lock brakes, traction control, and dynamic stability control are all standard, as they are among most mid-size sedans. Mazda's blind-spot monitoring system is available too.
We appreciate how the Mazda6 has a rather high seating position and clear sightlines, which helps afford good outward visibility.
In a class of high-achievers, there's nothing all that impressive about the Mazda6's occupant protection.