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2000 Saturn L Series

Midsize moderately priced car
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  • Moderate overlap front
    A
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags (standard on 2002-05 models, optional on 2001 models)
2
Antilock brakes (standard on 2002 and 2004-05 models, optional on 2000-01 and 2003 models)
3
Daytime running lights
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2005
A
P
P
2004
A
P
P
2003
A
P
P
2002
A
P
P
2001
A
P
P
2000
A

Applies to 2000-05 models

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

The Saturn L Series was introduced in the 2000 model year and discontinued after a limited number of 2005 models were manufactured.

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 likely. Head acceleration from the B-pillar hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was reasonably well controlled. During rebound from the airbag, the dummy moved toward the driver door, and its head went partway through the open window. Then the head moved back in and hit the B-pillar and top of the door opening.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2000 Saturn LS2 4-door
Weight 3,192 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase106 in.
Length190 in.
Width69 in.
Engine3.0 L V6
EPA ratings20 mpg city / 26 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCF99022
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)17
Left (cm)20
Center (cm)18
Right (cm)19
Brake pedal (cm)14
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)5
Right (cm)4
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)7
Rearward (cm)0
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)3

Driver injury measures

Test IDCF99022
Head
HIC-15236
Peak gs at hard contactnegligible
Neck
Tension (kN)1.8
Extension bending moment (Nm)17
Maximum Nij 0.32
Chest maximum compression (mm)28
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)4.5
Femur force - right (kN)1.5
Knee displacement - left (mm)2
Knee displacement - right (mm)6
Maximum tibia index - left0.68
Maximum tibia index - right1.42
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.1
Tibia axial force - right (kN)5.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left101
Right138

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