Latest NHTSA Crash Tests, Rollover Ratings - June 2004
Monday, June 7, 2004
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today released crash test results for the last 2004 vehicles and some early 2005 vehicles. The agency also released additional rollover ratings for 2004 vehicles.
All results, including previously tested model year 2004 vehicles, are available at the agency’s web site: www.safercar.gov.
The 2004 Toyota Solara Coupe and the 2005 Chevrolet Equinox 4x4 are the only vehicles in the latest batch to earn the top rating of five stars for frontal and side impact crash tests. NHTSA’s consumer information program uses a one- to five-star ranking system that reflects a vehicle’s ability to protect the driver and passenger in a crash.
New model year 2004 ratings for rollover varied, with passenger cars generally scoring higher than SUVs. For passenger cars, the Mazda RX-8 received the top rating of five stars for rollover. For the light truck category, the highest scoring vehicles included the Dodge Durango 4x4, the Ford F-150, the Honda Pilot 4x4 and the Toyota Sienna, each receiving a 4-star rating for rollover. NHTSA also uses a five-star scale to rate a vehicle on its likelihood of rollover in a single vehicle crash.
New 2004 ratings for frontal impact are available for the Chrysler Crossfire two-door, Mazda RX-8 four-door and Toyota 4Runner 4x4 sport utility. For model year 2005, new frontal impact ratings are available for the Chevrolet Equinox 4x4 sport utility, Chrysler Town & Country minivan, Dodge Grand Caravan minivan, Ford Escape 4x4 sport utility, and Mazda Tribute 4x4 sport utility.
New model year 2004 ratings for side impact are available for the Acura TL four-door, Chevrolet Aveo four-door, Chrysler Crossfire two-door, Mitsubishi Galant four-door, and Toyota Solara Coupe two-door. For model year 2005, new side impact star ratings are available for the Chevrolet Equinox 4x4 sport utility, Chrysler 300C four-door, Chrysler Town & Country minivan, and the Dodge Grand Caravan minivan.
New model year 2004 ratings for rollover are available for the Acura TL four-door, Acura TSX four-door, Chevrolet Aveo four-door, Chevrolet Malibu LS four-door, Chevrolet Tahoe 4x2 sport utility, Chevrolet Tahoe 4x4 sport utility, Dodge Durango 4x2 sport utility, Dodge Durango 4x4 sport utility, Ford Explorer 4x2 sport utility, Ford Explorer 4x4 sport utility, Ford Explorer Sport Trac 4x4 sport utility, Ford F-150 4x2 extended cab pickup, Ford F-150 4x4 extended cab pickup, GMC Yukon 4x4 sport utility, GMC Yukon 4x2 sport utility, Honda Pilot 4x4 sport utility, Hyundai Accent four-door, Hyundai Elantra four-door, Hyundai Tiburon two-door, Hyundai XG350L four-door, KIA Amanti four-door, Mazda 3 four-door, Mazda RX-8 four-door, Mercury Mountaineer 4x2 sport utility, Mercury Mountaineer 4x4 sport utility, Nissan Maxima 3.5SE four-door, Pontiac Grand Prix GT four-door, Suzuki Forenza four-door, Toyota Prius five-door, Toyota Sienna van, Toyota Solara SLE two-door, Toyota Tacoma 4x2 extended cab pickup, and Volkswagen New Beetle convertible.
A fact sheet containing explanatory information and tables showing crash tests results for recently released model year 2004 and 2005 vehicles can be obtained by calling the NHTSA Auto Safety Hotline, 1‑888‑327‑4236. Crash test information is available at NHTSA’s web site: www.safercar.gov. The site also can be used to compare scores for older vehicles. A table showing the rollover and crash test results announced today is posted at www.nhtsa.dot.gov.
|Make and Model||Curb Weight
|Size / Class||Year||Front
|Acura 3.2 TL 4-DR. w/SAB||3558||Heavy||2004||5||5||4||5|
|Chevrolet Aveo 4-DR.||2459||Light||2004||5||5||3||3|
|Chrysler Crossfire 2-DR.||3091||Medium||2004||5||4||5||NS|
|Mazda RX-8 4-DR. w/SAB||3003||Medium||2004||4||5||4||4|
|Mitsubishi Galant 4-DR.||3412||Medium||2004||5||5||5||4|
|Toyota 4Runner 4-DR. 4x4||4396||SUV||2004||4||4||5||5|
|Toyota Camry Solara Coupe 2-DR||3234||Medium||2004||5||5||5||5|
|Make and Model||Curb Weight
|Chevrolet Equinox 4-DR.4x4||3815||SUV||2005||5||5||5||5|
|Chrysler Town & Country LWB||4301||Van||2005||4||4||5||5|
|Chrysler 300C 4-DR||3714||Heavy||2005||TBT||TBT||4||5|
|Dodge Grand Caravan*||4301||Van||2005||4||4||5||5|
|Ford Escape 4-DR. 4x4||3410||SUV||2005||4||4||5||5|
|Mazda Tribute 4-DR. 4x4**||3410||SUV||2005||4||4||5||5|
TBT = To Be Tested
SAB = Side-impact Air Bag
SUV = Sport Utility Vehicle
NS = No seat
* = corporate twin of Chrysler Town & Country LWB
** = corporate twin of Ford Escape 4-DR 4x4
|Make and Model||Class||Rollover Star
|Acura TL 4-DR||PC||4|
|Acura TSX 4-DR||PC||4|
|Chevrolet Aveo 4-DR||PC||4|
|Chevrolet Malibu LS 4-DR||PC||4|
|Chevrolot Tahoe 4x2||SUV||3#|
|Chevrolet Tahoe 4x4||SUV||3#|
|Dodge Durango 4x2||SUV||3|
|Dodge Durango 4x4||SUV||4|
|Ford Explorer 4-DR 4x2||SUV||3#|
|Ford Explorer 4-DR 4x4||SUV||3|
|Ford Explorer Sport Trac 4x4||SUV||3|
|Ford F-150 4x2 extended cab||SUV||4|
|Ford F-150 4x4 extended cab||SUV||4|
|GMC Yukon 4x2 (a)||SUV||3#|
|GMC Yukon 4x4 (b)||SUV||3#|
|Honda Pilot 4x4||SUV||4|
|Hyundai Accent 4-DR||PC||4|
|Hyundai Elantra 4-DR||PC||4|
|Hyundai Tiburon 2-DR||PC||4|
|Hyundai XG350L 4-DR||PC||4|
|KIA Amanti 4-DR||PC||4|
|Mazda 3 4-DR||PC||4|
|Mazda RX-8 4-DR||PC||5|
|Mercury Mountaineer 4-DR 4x2 (c)||SUV||3#|
|Mercury Mountaineer 4-DR 4x4 (d)||SUV||3|
|Nissan Maxima 3.5SE 4-DR||PC||4|
|Pontiac Grand Prix GT 4-DR||PC||4|
|Suzuki Forenza 4-DR||PC||4|
|Toyota Prius 5-DR||PC||4|
|Toyota Solara SLE 2-DR||PC||4|
|Toyota Tacoma 4x2 extended cab||Pickup||4#|
|Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible||PC||4|
# = During test, the vehicle tipped up on two wheels.
PC = Passenger Car
SUV = Sport Utility Vehicle
(a) Corporate twin of Chevrolet Tahoe 4-DR 4x2
(b) Corporate twin of Chevrolet Tahoe 4-DR 4x4
(c) Corporate twin of Ford Explorer 4-DR 4x2
(d) Corporate twin of Ford Explorer 4-DR 4x4