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NHTSA Media Advisory
March 16, 2006
Contact: Rae Tyson,
Telephone: (202) 366-9550


Media Advisory

NHTSA Releases New Crash Test and Rollover Ratings

Today the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released new crash test and/or rollover ratings for 42 model year 2006 vehicles – 16 passenger cars, 17 sport utility vehicles, four vans, and five pickups – and two early release model year 2007 sport utility vehicles.

All results, including previously tested model year vehicles, are available at the agency’s web site: www.safercar.gov.

NHTSA’s safercar.gov consumer information program uses a one to five star rating system, with five being the highest rating in both crash and rollover testing. Front and side star ratings indicate the chance of a serious injury to the occupant. Rollover star ratings represent the likelihood of rollover if a vehicle is involved in a single-vehicle crash.

Model Year 2006 New Crash and Rollover Test Results
(Two MY2007 vehicles noted)
Make and Model Class/Size Front
Driver
Front
Pass
Side
Driver
Side
Rear Pass
Rollover
Star Rating
2-WD
Rollover
Star Rating
4-WD
2-door Sedans
Chevrolet Cobalt PC/Me 4 5 4! 4 4  
Chevrolet Monte Carlo PC/Me 5 5 3! 4 4  
Honda Civic8 PC/C 5 5 TBR TBR 4  
Pontiac G6 PC/Me 5 4 3 5 5  
4-door Sedans
BMW 3-Series PC/Me 4 4 TBR TBR 4  
Buick Lucerne PC/H 5 5 4 4 5  
Cadillac DTS PC/H 5 4 4 4 4  
Chevrolet Aveo PC/L 5 5 4 4 4  
Ford Fusion1 PC/Me 4 4 4 4 4  
Ford Fusion1 w/ SAB PC/Me 4 4 5 4 4  
Honda Civic8 PC/C 5 5 4 5 4  
Hyundai Accent PC/C 5 5 4 3 4  
Hyundai Azera PC/H 4 4 TBR TBR 4  
Lexus ES330 PC/H 5 5 5 4 4  
Toyota Prius PC/C 4 4 4 4 4  
Saab 9-2x wagon PC/Me 4 5 4 4   4
SUVs
Chevrolet HHR SUV 5 5 TBR TBR 4  
Chevrolet Tahoe10 (MY2007) SUV 5 5 N/A N/A TBR TBR
Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT2 SUV 4 4 N/A N/A 3 4
Ford Explorer3 SUV 5 5 5 5 3 3
Ford Explorer Sport Trac (MY2007) SUV 5 5 5 5    
Ford Expedition SUV 5 5 N/A N/A 3 4
Honda Pilot SUV 5 5 5 5 4  
Hummer H3 SUV 5 4 5 5   3
Hyundia Tucson SUV 5 5 5 5 4 4
Jeep Commander SUV 5 5 N/A N/A   3
Kia Sorento SUV 4 4 5 5 3 3
Mercedez Benz ML-class SUV 5 5 5 5   4
Nissan Armada4 SUV 4 5 N/A N/A 3 3
Nissan Murano SUV 5 5 5 5 4 4
Nissan Xterra SUV 4 4 5 5 3 3
Subaru B9 Tribeca SUV 5 5 5 5   4
Suzuki Grand Vitara SUV 4 4 TBR TBR 4 4
Toyota 4Runner SUV 4 4 5 5 3 3
Toyota RAV4 SUV 5 4 5 5 4 4
Vans
Chevrolet Express Van 5 5 N/A N/A 3  
Chevrolet Uplander9 Van 5 5 4 5 3  
Dodge Caravan5 Van 5 5 4 5 4  
Kia Sedona Van 5 5 TBR TBR 4  
Pickups
Chevrolet Colorado6 4-door Pickup 5 5 4 5 4 4
Chevrolet Colorado6 2-door Pickup 4 4 4 ND 4 4
Nissan Frontier 2-door Pickup TBR TBR TBR TBR 3 4
Nissan Titan 2-door Pickup 5 4 N/A N/A 4 3
Toyota Tacoma7 4-door Pickup 5 5 5 5 TBR TBR
           =  new result for 2006 model year
 
PC = Passenger Car (H=Heavy, 3500 lbs or greater; Me=Medium, 3000-3499 lbs; C=Compact, 2500-2999 lbs; L=Light, 2000-2499 lbs; Mi=Mini, 1500-1999 lbs)
SUV = Sport Utility Vehicle
! = High Head Injury Criteria (HIC) for driver in side impact crash test. During the side impact test, the head of the driver dummy struck the side interior structure, causing a high head acceleration. Head impact events resulting in high accelerations have a higher likelihood of serious head trauma.
1 = results also apply to corporate twins of Ford Fusion: Lincoln Zephyr (only side air bag version) and Mercury Milan
2 = results also apply to corporate twins of Chevy Trailblazer EXT:  GMC Envoy XL and Isuzu Ascender 7
3 = results also apply to corporate twin of Ford Explorer:  Mercury Mountaineer
4 = results also apply to corporate twin of Nissan Armada:  Infiniti QX56
5 = results also apply to corporate twin of Dodge Caravan:  Chrysler Town and Country SWB (Short Wheel Base)
6 = results also apply to corporate twins of Chevy Colorado:  GMC Canyon and Isuzu I-350/280 (4-door/2-door)
7 = results also apply to corporate twin of Toyota Tacoma:  Toyota Prerunner
8 = results also apply to Honda Civic Hybrid
9 = results also apply to corporate twins of Chevrolet Uplander: Buick Terraza, Saturn Relay and Pontiac SV6
10 = results also apply to corporate twins of Chevrolet Tahoe: GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade

N/A  = Exempt from Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 214, Side Impact Protection
ND = No data. No rear seat.
TBR = To Be Rated
2-WD = Two-wheel drive
4-WD = Four-wheel drive