U.S. Expands Vehicle Rollover RatingsAug 9, 2004 | AP
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration introduced a new rating system Monday that predicts a vehicle's chance of rolling over in a severe crash and lets consumers compare a vehicle with other similar vehicles.
A five-star rating is the highest, meaning the vehicle's chance of rolling over is 10 percent or less. A two-star rating means a vehicle's chance of rolling over is between 30 and 40 percent. Here are the best and worst performers among 2004 vehicles tested so far.
Category Star RatingPercent chance of rollover
Best: Mazda RX-8
Worst: Subaru Outback wagonFour stars 15.5 percent
Best: Chevrolet Silverado 4x2Four stars
Worst: Toyota Tacoma 4x4Three stars 28.3 percent
Sport Utility Vehicles
Best: Chrysler Pacifica 4x4 Four stars
Worst: Ford Explorer Sport Trac 4x2
Two stars 34.8 percent
Best: Nissan QuestFour stars 12.1 percent
Worst: Toyota SiennaFour stars 15.9 percent