October 16, 2002
Crash test results released – Honda does well
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released frontal and side impact crash test results and rollover ratings for selected 2002 and 2003 models.
The NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) reports 35 mph frontal crash test results in a range of one to five stars, with five stars showing the best safety protection for vehicles. Frontal crash test scores should be compared only within the same vehicle weight class.
The best performers in the frontal crash tests were the Acura MDX, Honda Pilot, Honda Odyssey, Acura RSX, Honda Civic hatchback, Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Matrix, Toyota Corolla, and Saab 9-5.
The side impact crash tests also have one to five star ratings based upon chest injury measurements, with five stars being the highest rating. As with frontal crash test results, the scores can only be compared with vehicles in the same weight class.
The best performers in the side impact tests were: Acura MDX, Chevrolet Blazer 2 door, Chevrolet Trailblazer, Ford Explorer 2-door, GMC Envoy, Honda Odyssey, Honda Pilot, Infiniti QX4, Isuzu Rodeo, Nissan Pathfinder, Oldsmobile Bravada, and Subaru Outback Wagon.
Rollover ratings are based on a mathematical formula which calculates the likelihood of a rollover – no actual rollover tests are conducted. The best performers were the Cadillac DeVille and Hyundai Sonata.
Crash test results and rollover ratings: