The 2006 models of the , Honda Pilot, Hyundai Tucson, Mercedes-Benz ML Class, Nissan Murano and Subaru B9 Tribeca received five stars in federal frontal and side impact crash tests for both the driver's and passenger's side, the Associated Press reported.
The 2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac, which is already on sale and is based on the same platform as the Explorer, also received five stars in the two crash categories. Only one pickup truck, the four-door 2006 Toyota Tacoma, received top scores in the two crash tests.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released new crash test and rollover ratings for 44 sedans, SUVs and pickups and vans. Most of the vehicles received either four or five stars on frontal and side crashes on a scale of one to five stars.
Other 2006 vehicles earning five stars in both seating positions for frontal crashes include: Chevrolet Monte Carlo, , Buick Lucerne, Chevrolet Aveo, Honda Civic, Hyundai Accent, Lexus ES 330, Chevrolet HHR, Ford Expedition, Jeep Commander, Chevrolet Express, Chevrolet Uplander, Dodge Caravan, Kia Sedona and Chevrolet Colorado.
The 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe, which has been on sale since January, received five stars on frontal crashes.
In front-end tests, five stars equals a 10% or less chance of serious injury and four stars estimates an 11% to 20% chance of serious injury. The government's frontal tests are conducted at 35 mph.
In side-impact tests, conducted at 38.5 mph, the Kia Sorento, , Toyota 4Runner and Toyota RAV4 received five stars in both seating positions.
Three 2006 models — Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Pontiac G6 and Hyundai Accent — received three stars in side testing. Monte Carlo and G6 versions were tested without optional side air bags. The Accent has side-curtain air bags standard.
No SUVs or pickups tested received five stars in rollover testing. Those receiving four stars include: Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT, Ford Expedition, Hyundai Tucson, Mercedes-Benz ML Class, Nissan Murano, Subaru B9 Tribeca, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Toyota RAV4, Chevrolet Colorado, and Nissan Frontier 2-door.