2000 Saturn L Series

midsize car / 4-door sedan

2000 Saturn L Series 4-door sedan

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2000-05 models

Tested vehicle: 2000 Saturn LS2 4-door

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

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver 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.

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained reasonably well.

Moderate footwell intrusion contributed to the likelihood of right leg injury.

Damage was minimal in a 5 mph rear-into-pole impact.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CF99022
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 ID CF99022
Head
HIC-15 236
Peak gs at hard contact negligible
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 - left 0.68
Maximum tibia index - right 1.42
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.1
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 5.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 101
Right 138

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted