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NHTSA Rollover Results September 15, 2003

More Crash Test Results, Rollover Ratings
For 2003 Models on NHTSA’s Web Site

Additional National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash test results and rollover ratings for selected 2003 models are now available on the agency’s web site:

Rated for rollover resistance are the 2003 BMW X5 4x4 four-door utility, BMW Z4 Convertible, Ford Explorer Sport Trac 4x2 four-door utility, Ford Explorer Sport Trac 4x4 four-door utility, Honda Element 4x2 four-door utility, Honda Element 4x4 four-door utility, Honda Pilot 4x4 four-door utility, Jeep Liberty 4x2 four-door utility, Jeep Liberty 4x4 four-door utility, Kia Sorento 4x2 four-door utility, Kia Sorento 4x4 four-door utility, Mercedes-Benz ML350 4x4 four-door utility, Mitsubishi Outlander 4x2 four-door utility, Mitsubishi Outlander 4x4 four-door utility, Nissan Murano 4x2 four-door utility, Nissan Murano 4x4 four-door utility, Subaru Forester 4x4 four-door wagon, Subaru Outback 4x4 four-door wagon, Toyota 4Runner 4x2 four-door utility, and Toyota 4Runner 4x4 four-door utility.

Rated for frontal impact is the 2003 and 2004 Volvo XC90 4x4 four-door utility. Frontal tests should be compared only within the same weight class.  The New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) reports crash test results in a range of one to five stars, with five stars showing the best safety protection for vehicles.

Rated for side impact are the 2003 BMW Z4 Convertible and the Saturn ION four-door sedan. The NCAP side impact ratings result in one to five stars based upon the chest measurement, with five stars being the highest rating. Scores can be compared across the vehicle weight classes.

A fact sheet, containing explanatory information and tables showing NCAP crash tests results for model year 2003 vehicles, is available by calling the NHTSA Office of Public and Consumer Affairs, 202-366-9550; the Auto Safety Hotline, 1-888-327-4236; or by writing to NHTSA Public Affairs, Room 5232, 400 Seventh St., S.W., Washington. DC 20590.  Crash test information is available at NHTSA’s web site by clicking on "Crash Test" under "Popular Information" in the index on the left side of the screen.


New Rollover Ratings and New Crash Test Results

Make and Model Curb
Side Rear
BMW X5  4-DR. 4x4 w/SAB 4667 SUV 5 5 4 5 3!
BMW Z4 Convertible 2978 Compact 4 4 3 No Seat 5!
Ford Explorer Sport Trac 4x2 4137 SUV NT NT NT NT 2
Ford Explorer Sport Trac 4x4 4364 SUV NT NT NT NT 2
Honda Element 4-DR. 4x2  3332 SUV NT NT NT NT 3
Honda Element 4-DR. 4x4 3446 SUV 5 5 5 4* 3
Honda Pilot 4-DR. 4x4 4354 SUV 5 5 5 5 4
Jeep Liberty 4-DR. 4x2 3781 SUV NT NT NT NT 2
Jeep Liberty 4-DR. 4x4 4067 SUV 5 4 5 5 3
Kia Sorento 4-DR. 4x2 4195 SUV NT NT NT NT 3^
Kia Sorento 4-DR. 4x4 4383 SUV 4 4 5 5 3^
Mercedes-Benz ML350 4-DR 4x4 4708 SUV NT NT NT NT 3!
Mitsubishi Outlander 4-DR. 4x2 3327 SUV NT NT NT NT 3
Mitsubishi Outlander 4-DR. 4x4 3243 SUV 4 4 5 4 3
Nissan Murano 4-DR. 4x2 3720 SUV NT NT NT NT 4^
Nissan Murano 4-DR. 4x4 4041 SUV 4 4 5 4 4^
Saturn ION 4-DR. 2716


5 5 No Data 3 4
Subaru Forester 4-DR.4x4 Wagon 3143 Medium 5 5 5 5 3
Subaru Outback 4-DR. 4x4 Wagon 3592 Heavy NT NT 5 5 4
Toyota 4Runner 4-DR. 4x2 3857 SUV NT NT NT NT 3
Toyota 4Runner 4-DR. 4x4 4194 SUV 4 4 5 5 3!
Volvo XC90 4-DR. 4x4 - 2003 4776 SUV 4 4 5 5 TBR
Volvo XC90 4-DR. 4x4 - 2004 4806 SUV 5 4 5 5 TBR

* = Higher Likelihood of Head Injury
! = Standard Electronic Stability Control
^ = Optional Electronic Stability Control
NT = Not tested
SAB = Side Air Bag
SUV = Sport Utility Vehicle
TBR = To Be Rated