Vehicle side impact performance is potentially affected by a large number of parameters which may be related to body stiffness and energy absorption characteristics, and packaging dimensions. An understanding of the principal variables controlling TTI (Thoracic Trauma Index) is fundamental to the achievement of high LINCAP (Lateral Impact New Car Assessment Program) rating especially for sedans. In the present study, the effects on TTI of the following are considered: response-related parameters such as velocity and intrusion (which are in turn related to body structure), countermeasures such as side airbag, and dummy to structure clearance dimensions. With the help of test data gathered from side impact tests carried out on cars and trucks at Ford, a new “best subset” regression model is developed and is shown to be able to predict TTI for a number of LINCAP tests which were not part of the suite used in the derivation of the model. The TTI-prediction model contains variables influencing side impact performance and provides a tool for setting directional ranges for these variables.