Crash Tests Results and Rollover Ratings
for First Group of 2005 Models Available
The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on November 3 released new crash test results for selected model year 2005 vehicles. The agency also released new rollover ratings for several 2005 pickups, according to the NAFA Fleet Focus e-mail newsletter.All results, including previously tested vehicles, are available at the agency's Web site: www.safercar.gov.The 2005 Subaru Outback sport-utility vehicle was the only vehicle in the latest group to earn the top rating of five-stars for all seating positions in frontal and side impact crash tests. The 2005 Chrysler 300, and its corporate twin the Dodge Magnum, received the highest scores for a passenger car — five-stars for frontal crash in both seating positions and four-stars and five-stars, respectively, for side impact crash in the driver and rear seating positions.In rollover testing, the highest rated pickups were the 2005 Dodge Ram 4x2, the Chevrolet Colorado 4x4, and its corporate twin, the GMC Canyon 4x4, each receiving four-stars, a 17.9 percent chance of rollover, if involved in a single-vehicle crash. New 2005 ratings for frontal impact are available for the Chrysler 300 four-door, Dodge Magnum four-door, Dodge Ram pickup, Nissan Altima four-door, Pontiac Vibe four-door, Subaru Outback utility vehicle, Toyota Corolla four-door and Toyota Matrix four-door. New model year 2005 ratings for side impact are available for the Ford Focus two-door, Subaru Outback utility vehicle and Toyota Corolla four-door.New model year 2005 ratings for rollover are available for the Chevrolet Colorado 4x2 pickup, Chevrolet Colorado 4x4 pickup, Dodge Ram 4x2 pickup, Dodge Ram 4x4 pickup, Ford Freestar van, Ford Ranger 4x2 pickup and Ford Ranger 4x4 pickup, GMC Canyon 4x2 pickup, GMC Canyon 4x4 pickup, Mazda B-Series 4x2 pickup, and Mazda B-Series 4x4 pickup.