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2003 Ford Explorer

Midsize SUV
2002 Ford Explorer shown
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Crashworthiness
  • Moderate overlap front
    G

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Ratings shown are the latest available for this model year.
See below for ratings based on manufacture date.
1
Side airbags: front and second row head curtain airbags (optional, Explorer and Mountaineer models; standard, Aviator models)
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags, if equipped, in the event of an impending rollover (optional beginning with 2002 Explorer and Mountaineer models manufacturered after March 2002, standard on Aviator)
3
Electronic stability control; includes roll stability control to minimize the possibility of rollover (optional on 2004 Aviator, standard on 2005 Explorer, Mountaineer, and Aviator)
4
Electronic stability control (optional, 2002-04 models)
5
Antilock brakes
Model year Front overlap SideRoof strengthHead restraints & seatsFront crash prevention
SmallModerate
2016
M
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Basic
2015
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Basic
2014
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Basic
2013
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Basic
2012
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2011
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
G
A
A
Crash avoidance rating
2009
G
A
A
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
A
P
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
A
P
Crash avoidance rating
2006
G
A
P
Crash avoidance rating
2005
G
P
Crash avoidance rating
2004
G
P
Crash avoidance rating
2003
G
Crash avoidance rating
2002
G
Crash avoidance rating
2001
A
Crash avoidance rating
2000
A
Crash avoidance rating
1999
A
Crash avoidance rating
1998
A
Crash avoidance rating
1997
A
Crash avoidance rating
1996
A
Crash avoidance rating
1995
A
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2002-05 models built after October 2001

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
A
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

This rating applies to vehicles other than the specific model and body style tested.

The Ford Explorer 4-door (except the Sport Trac model) and the Mercury Mountaineer were redesigned for the 2002 model year. Explorers and Mountaineers manufactured after October 2001 include structural changes to improve occupant protection in frontal offset crashes (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door).

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has evaluated the crashworthiness of a 2002 Explorer with the structural changes in a 40 mph frontal offset crash test into a deformable barrier.

The Explorer and Mountaineer have been re-engineered for the 2006 model year, and the Aviator has been dropped.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the head, neck, and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on the right tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be possible. Head accelerations from the roof rail, window frame, and B-pillar hits were negligible.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the roof rail, window frame, and B-pillar.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2002 Ford Explorer XLT 4-door 4wd
Weight 4,511 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and second row head curtain airbags
Wheelbase114 in.
Length189 in.
Width72 in.
Engine4.0 L V6
EPA ratings15 mpg city / 20 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0125
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)13
Left (cm)15
Center (cm)18
Right (cm)19
Brake pedal (cm)10
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)3
Right (cm)3
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)7
Rearward (cm)-6
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)3

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0125
Head
HIC-15202
Peak gs at hard contactnegligible
Neck
Tension (kN)1.9
Extension bending moment (Nm)18
Maximum Nij 0.32
Chest maximum compression (mm)35
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)7.0
Femur force - right (kN)2.6
Knee displacement - left (mm)3
Knee displacement - right (mm)5
Maximum tibia index - left0.53
Maximum tibia index - right0.87
Tibia axial force - left (kN)3.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.8
Foot acceleration (g)
Left101
Right116

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