As a result of the increased reliance on predictive engineering to reduce vehicle development resources, increasingly accurate predictive finite element models are important to help engineers meet cost and timing restrictions. For components made of engineering thermoplastics, accurate material modeling that helps predict part performance is essential. This material modeling accuracy is even more important where high speed and high loading conditions exist such as in airbag doors, knee bolsters and pillar trim.This paper addresses material modeling of engineering thermoplastics for finite element models that are subjected to high impact and high speed loading. Here, the basics of plastics behavior are introduced and a comparison of the accuracy of different material characterizations in an impact loading is presented. The material under analysis here is a polycarbonate - acrylonitrile butadiene styrene blend, PC-ABS. Recommendations for further study and improvement to engineering thermoplastic material models are discussed.