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2002 Saturn VUE

Small SUV
Crashworthiness
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    P
  • Head restraints & seats
    M

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Model year Small overlap front Moderate overlap front Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention Headlights LATCH ease of use
Driver Passenger
2009
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
P
M
Crash avoidance rating
2006
G
P
M
Crash avoidance rating
2005
G
P
M
Crash avoidance rating
2004
G
P
M
Crash avoidance rating
2003
G
P
M
Crash avoidance rating
2002
G
P
M
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2002-07 models

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

The Saturn VUE was introduced in the 2002 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the neck, chest, and both legs indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. A high head acceleration occurred when the dummy's head hit the steering wheel through the airbag, indicating that injuries to the head would be possible. Head acceleration from the B-pillar contact was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the B-pillar.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2002 Saturn VUE 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,534 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags
Wheelbase 107 in.
Length 181 in.
Width 72 in.
Engine 3.0 L V6
EPA ratings 19 mpg city / 25 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0212
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 7
Left (cm) 20
Center (cm) 18
Right (cm) 13
Brake pedal (cm) 12
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1
Right (cm) 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 4
Rearward (cm) 0
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 2

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF0212
Head
HIC-15 364
Peak gs at hard contact 86
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.5
Extension bending moment (Nm) 21
Maximum Nij 0.30
Chest maximum compression (mm) 37
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 3.7
Femur force - right (kN) 1.3
Knee displacement - left (mm) 3
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.22
Maximum tibia index - right 0.69
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.1
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 69
Right 69

Applies to 2002-07 models

Overall evaluation
P
Structure and safety cage
M
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
A
Torso
P
Pelvis/leg
M
Head protection
P
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
M
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Saturn VUE was introduced in the 2002 model year.

When side airbags are optional, as in this vehicle, the Institute conducts the test without this option. If a manufacturer offering optional side airbags requests the Institute to conduct an additional test of a vehicle with this option and agrees to reimburse the cost of the vehicle, a second test is conducted. General Motors did not request such a test.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures would be likely in a crash of this severity. Serious neck injuries as well as a fracture of the pelvis would also be possible. In addition, loading to the shoulder was excessive.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was hit by the intruding barrier. This impact did not produce high head injury measures, but head hits with intruding objects such as other vehicles, trees, and poles should be prevented.

Passenger — The dummy's head was hit by the window sill of the rear passenger door. This impact did not produce high head injury measures, but the head protection is inadequate.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2003 Saturn VUE 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,520 lbs.
Side airbags none
Wheelbase 107 in.
Length 181 in.
Width 72 in.
Engine 3.0 L V6
EPA ratings 19 mpg city / 25 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES0301
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-2.0

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES0301
Head HIC-15 553
Neck
Tension (kN) 2.2
Compression (kN) 0.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 63
Lateral force (kN) 3.7
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 69
Average deflection (mm) 54
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 10.13
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 2.68
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 3.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 3.4
Combined force (kN) 6.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.6
L-M moment (Nm) 65
A-P moment (Nm) 23

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES0301
Head HIC-15 542
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.6
Compression (kN) 0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 46
Lateral force (kN) 1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 43
Average deflection (mm) 34
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.80
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.56
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.5
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.9
Combined force (kN) 3.0
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.9
L-M moment (Nm) 47
A-P moment (Nm) -26

Applies to 2002-07 models

Overall evaluation
M
Dynamic rating
M
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

All seats

How this test is conducted

Seat type All seats
Geometry
Backset (mm) 70
Distance below top of head (mm) 50
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Fail
Max T1 acceleration (g) 12.3
Head contact time (ms) 86
Force rating 2
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 187
Max neck tension (N) 857
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags (optional)
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags, if equipped, in the event of an impending rollover (beginning with 2006 models)
3
Antilock brakes (optional)
4
Daytime running lights

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