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:

Make and Model

Size Class

Year

Curb

Weight (lbs)

Frontal

Driver

Frontal

Passenger

Side

Driver

Side

Passenger

Rollover

Rating

Acura 3.2 TL 4-DR. w/SAB

Medium

2003

3488

4

4

4

5

4^

Acura MDX 4-DR. 4×4 w/SAB

SUV

2002

4367

5

5

5

5

4

Acura RSX 2-DR. w/SAB

Compact

2002

2708

5

5

4

Not Tested

4

Audi A4 4-DR. w/SAB

Medium

2002

3397

Under Review

Under Review

5

4

4!

BMW 3 Series 4-DR. w/SAB

Medium

2002

3196

4

5

Not Tested

Not Tested

4!

Cadillac CTS 4-DR. w/SAB

Heavy

2003

3627

4

4

4

5

4^

Cadillac Deville 4-DR.

Heavy

2002

3998

Under Review

Under Review

4

4

5

Chevrolet Blazer 2-DR. 4×4

SUV

2002

4182

3

4

5

5

2

Chevrolet Tracker 4-DR. 4×4

SUV

2002

3005

4

4

4

5

3

Chevrolet Trailblazer 4-DR. 4×4 w/SAB

SUV

2002

4560

3

3

5

5

3

Chrysler 300M 4-DR.

Heavy

2002

3598

3*

4

4

3

4

Chrysler PT Cruiser w/SAB

Van

2002

3278

4

4

4

5

4

Daewoo Nubira 4 DR.

Compact

2002

2788

4

4

Under Review

Under Review

4

Dodge Dakota Extended Cab 4×2

Pickup

2002

3876

3

5

5

STS

4

Dodge Ram 1500 4-DR. 4×2

Pickup

2002

4928

4

5

Not Tested

Not Tested

3

Dodge Ram 1500 4-DR. 4×4

Pickup

2002

5344

Not Tested

Not Tested

Not Tested

Not Tested

3

Ford Explorer 4-DR. 4×4

SUV

2002

4498

4

5

Under Review

Under Review

3

Ford Explorer Sport 2-DR 4×4

SUV

2002

3956

4

4

5

5

2

Ford Focus 4-DR.

Compact

2002

2706

5

4

3

4

4^

Ford Ranger 2-DR.

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