SUV Rollover Ratings

SUV Crash Test Ratings – NHTSA  2005

Model year 2005 Acura MDX, Ford Freestyle, and Jeep Grand Cherokee earned the top rating of 5-stars for all available seating positions in frontal and side crash tests announced the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in their SUV Crash Test Summary. All results are available at

New 2005 ratings for frontal impact are available for the following SUVs: Acura MDX, Buick Rainier, Buick Rendezvous, Chevrolet Trailblazer, Ford Freestyle, GMC Envoy, Hyundai Santa Fe, Isuzu Ascender, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Murano, Nissan Pathfinder, Nissan Xterra and Saab 9-7x.

New 2005 ratings for side impact are available for the following SUVs: Honda Element, Hyundai Santa Fe with side air bags, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Murano with side air bags, Nissan Pathfinder and Nissan Xterra.

NHTSA crash test ratings apply to both 4×2 and 4×4 versions of the same make and model. Separate rollover testing is done for 4×2 and 4×4 versions of 2005 models selected for rollover testing.

New 2005 rollover ratings are available for the: Acura MDX 4×4, Cadillac Escalade 4×2, Cadillac Escalade EXT 4×4, Cadillac ESV 4×4, Chevrolet Avalanche 4×2, Chevrolet Avalanche 4×4, Chevrolet Suburban 4×2, Chevrolet Suburban 4×4, Chevrolet Tahoe 4×2, Ford Explorer 4×2, Ford Freestyle 4×2, Ford Freestyle 4×4, GMC Yukon 4×2, GMC Yukon XL 4×2, GMC Yukon XL 4×4, Honda CR-V 4×2, Honda CR-V 4×4, Hyundai Santa Fe 4×2, Hyundai Santa Fe 4×4, Jeep Wrangler 4×4, Nissan Pathfinder 4×2 and Nissan Pathfinder 4×4.

In this latest group of SUVs tested, several earned 4-stars for rollover rating, including the Ford Freestyle, Acura MDX and Honda CR-V.



Make and Model Front –
Front –
Side –
Side –
Rear Pass
Acura MDX w/ SAB 5 5 5 5
Buick Rainier 3 4 5 5
Buick Rendezvous w/ SAB 3 4 5^ 5
Chevrolet Trailblazer 3 4 5 5
Ford Freestyle 5 5 5 5
GMC Envoy 3 4 5 5
Honda Element 5 5 5 5^^
Hyundai Santa Fe w/ SAB 4 5 5 5
Isuzu Ascender 3 4 5 5
Jeep Grand Cherokee 5 5 5 5
Nissan Murano w/ SAB 4 4 5 5
Nissan Pathfinder 4 4 5 5
Nissan Xterra 4 4 5 5
Saab 9-7x w/ SAB 3 4 NT NT
2-wheel drive 4-wheel drive
Make and Model Star
Chance of
Rollover 1
Tip or
No tip
Chance of
Rollover 1
Tip or
No tip
Acura MDX* 2-wheel drive not offered 4 15 No tip
Cadillac Escalade* (2) 3 24 No tip 3 22 No tip
Cadillac Escalade EXT* (2) 2-wheel drive not offered 3 21 No tip
Cadillac ESV* (2) 2-wheel drive not offered 3 21 No tip
Chevrolet Avalanche* (3) 3 25 No tip 3 21 No tip
Chevrolet Suburban* (3) 3 23 No tip 3 21 No tip
Chevrolet Tahoe* (4) 3 24 No tip 3 22 No tip
Ford Explorer* 3 24 No tip Not tested
Ford Freestyle 4 14 No tip 4 13 No tip
GMC Yukon* (4) 3 24 No tip 3 22 No tip
GMC Yukon XL (3) 3 23 No tip 3 21 No tip
Honda CR-V* 4 19 No tip 4 19 No tip
Hyundai Santa Fe 3 22 Tip 3 20 Tip
Jeep Wrangler 2-wheel drive not offered 4 19 No tip
Nissan Pathfinder* (5) 3 23 No tip 3 22 No tip

^ = During the side-impact test, the driver door became unlatched and swung open. The Rendezvous is equipped with standard Automatic Door Locks (ADL). NHTSA test protocol disables ADL during testing. A General Motors test showed that the door remained closed under similar test conditions when the ADL was activated. A door opening during a side impact crash increases the likelihood of occupant ejection. This test result is a carryover from earlier model years.

^^ = During the side-impact test, the head of the left rear passenger dummy struck the side upper interior structure, causing a high head acceleration. High head accelerations have a higher likelihood of serious head trauma.

Buick Rainier, Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Isuzu Ascender and Saab 9-7x are corporate twins of one another and share the same test results for the frontal crash results. With the exception of the Saab 9-7x, they also share the same side crash results.

NT = Not Tested

w/SABS = with side air bags

(1):  if involved in a single-vehicle crash
(2):  The rollover results are valid for vehicles produced after February 28, 2005, when ESC became standard.
(3):  The rollover results are valid for vehicles produced after January 28, 2005, when ESC became standard.
(4):  The rollover results are valid for 4-wheel drive models produced after November 29, 2004 with ESC as an option and for all vehicles produced after January 28, 2005, when ESC became standard.
(5):  The rollover results are valid for vehicles produced on or after May 16, 2005 and to those whose software has been modified as part of a customer service campaign that was initiated by the manufacturer in June 2005.

Cadillac Escalade EXT and Chevrolet Avalanche are corporate twins of one another and share the same test results.
Cadillac ESV, Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL are corporate twins of one another and share the same test results.
Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon are corporate twins of one another and share the same test results.

* = indicates vehicle tested with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) as a standard feature

Shaded areas indicate new rollover test results.

More Results at

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