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Model Year 2005 Vans Crash Test, Rollover Ratings available on Safercar.Gov

Minivans produced by five different manufacturers have earned the highest possible safety ratings in the latest crash tests by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The minivans, including carryover vehicles from Model Year 2004, that earned the top rating of 5-stars for all seating positions in frontal and side crash tests were: Chrysler Town & Country long-wheel base (later release); Dodge Grand Caravan (later release); Kia Sedona; Mazda MPV and the Nissan Quest. The Honda Odyssey also received 5-stars for all seating positions in frontal and side crash tests; however, the driver’s door unlatched and opened during the side crash test and thus a safety concern is noted.

All results are available at the agency’s web site:
www.safercar.gov.

New 2005 ratings for frontal impact also are available for the following minivans: Buick Terraza; Chevrolet Uplander (early and late release); Chrysler Town & Country long-wheel base minivan (early release), Chrysler Town & Country short-wheel base; Dodge Caravan; Dodge Grand Caravan (early release); Ford Freestar; Honda Odyssey; Pontiac Montana SV6; Saturn Relay; and Toyota Sienna. Frontal scores also are available for the Chevrolet Express 1500 and Ford E150 vans. Both early and late release frontal crash test results also are available for the Saturn Relay, Chevrolet Uplander, Buick Terraza and Pontiac Montana.

New 2005 ratings for side impact are available for the following minivans: Buick Terraza; Chevrolet Uplander; Chrysler Town & Country long-wheel base (early release); Dodge Grand Caravan; Ford Freestar; Honda Odyssey; Pontiac Montana SV6; Saturn Relay (early and late release) and Toyota Sienna.

According to NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation, manufacturer side-impact testing of an earlier version of the Chevrolet Uplander showed the release handle of the second-row bucket seat may come unlatched, increasing the potential for injury to the occupant. A recall was initiated by General Motors to address the unlatching in Chevrolet Uplanders, Saturn Relays, and Pontiac Montana minivans manufactured prior to January 21, 2005. GM intends to begin customer notification in early April. NHTSA side-impact crash test results apply to all 2005 Saturn Relay, Chevrolet Uplander, Buick Terraza and Pontiac Montana minivans.

New 2005 rollover ratings are available for the: Chrysler PT Cruiser, Ford E-150 van and the Honda Odyssey minivan.  

MODEL YEAR 2005 VAN SUMMARY
Results also available at
www.safercar.gov
(Using search option 1, select
Van, then select 2005, then submit “View 2005 Vans”)

Make and Model

Front- Driver

Front- Pass

Side- Driver

Side- Rear Pass

Rollover Rating Percent Chance of Rollover1 Dynamic Test Result (Tip/No tip)
Buick Terraza Early Release

4

5

4

5

NT

--

--

Buick Terraza Later Release

5

5

4

5

NT

--

--

Chevrolet Astro

3

4

5

5

NT

--

--

Chevrolet Express 1500

5

5

NT

NT

NT

--

--

Chevrolet Uplander Early Release

4

5

4

5

NT

--

--

Chevrolet Uplander Later Release

5

5

4

5

NT

--

--

Chevrolet Venture w/SAB

4

4

5

4

NT

--

--

Chrysler PT Cruiser 4-DR

4

4

NT

NT

4

13.6

No tip

Chrysler PT Cruiser 4-DR w/ SAB

4

4

4

5

4

13.6

No tip

Chrysler Town & Country SWB Early Release

4

4

4

5

NT

--

--

Chrysler Town & Country SWB Later Release

5

5

4

5

NT

--

--

Chrysler Town & Country LWB Early Release

4

4

5

5

4

17.4

No tip

Chrysler Town & Country LWB Later Release

5

5

5

5

4

17.4

No tip

Dodge Caravan Early Release

4

4

4

5

NT

--

--

Dodge Caravan Later Release

5

5

4

5

NT

--

--

Dodge Grand Caravan Early Release

4

4

5

5

4

17.4

No tip

Dodge Grand Caravan Later Release

5

5

5

5

4

17.4

No tip

Ford E-150

4

4

NT

NT

3

29.5

Tip

Ford Freestar

5

5

4

5

4

14.7

No tip

GMC Safari

3

4

5

5

NT

--

--

GMC Savana Passenger

5

5

NT

NT

NT

--

--

Honda Odyssey w/ SAB

5

5

5^

5

4

14.0

No tip

Kia Sedona

5

5

5

5

4

15.1

No tip

Mazda MPV

5

5

5

5

NT

--

--

Mercury Monterey

5

5

4

5

4

14.7

No tip

Nissan Quest w/SAB

5

5

5

5

4

12.1

No tip

Pontiac Montana w/SAB

4

4

5

4

NT

--

--

Pontiac Montana SV6 w/SAB Early Release

4

5

4

5

NT

--

--

Pontiac Montana SV6 w/SAB Later Release

5

5

4

5

NT

--

--

Saturn Relay Early Release

4

5

4

5

NT

--

--

Saturn Relay Later Release

5

5

4

5

NT

--

--

Toyota Sienna

4

5

5

5

4

15.9

No tip

1 = if involved in a single-vehicle crash
NT = Not tested
LWB = Long wheel base
SWB = Short wheel base
^ = Indicates the driver’s door became unlatched during the side crash test.  A door opening during a side impact crash increases the likelihood of occupant ejection.

For Chrysler Town & Country SWB and Chrysler Town & Country LWB (for frontal crash results only)

Early Release = For vehicles manufactured before November 18, 2004.
Later Release = For vehicles manufactured on or after November 18, 2004.

For Buick Terraza minivan, Chevrolet Uplander minivan, Pontiac Montana SV6 minivan and Saturn Relay (for frontal crash results only):
Early Release = For vehicles manufactured before February 9, 2005.
Later Release = For vehicles manufactured on or after February 9, 2005.

Buick Terraza, Chevrolet Uplander, Pontiac Montana SV6 and Saturn Relay are corporate twins of one another and share the same test results.

Chrysler Town & Country SWB and Dodge Caravan are corporate twins of one another and share the same test results.

Chrysler Town & Country LWB and Dodge Grand Caravan are corporate twins of one another and share the same test results.