There are approximately 1.2 million people currently living with spinal cord injury (SCI), with a majority of cases at the cervical level and half involving incomplete injuries. Yet, as most preclinical research has been focused on bilateral thoracic models, there remains a disconnect between bench and bedside that limits translational success. Here, we profile a clinically relevant model of unilateral cervical contusion injury in the mouse (30kD with 0, 2, 5, or 10 second dwell time). We demonstrate sustained behavioral deficits in performance on grip strength, cylinder reaching, horizontal ladderbeam and CatWalk automated gait analysis tasks. Beyond highlighting reliable parameters for injury assessment, we also explored the effect of mouse strain and age on injury outcome, including evaluation of constitutively immunodeficient mice relevant for neurotransplantation and cellular therapy testing. Comparison of C57Bl/6 and immunodeficient Rag2gamma(c)-/- as well as Agouti SCIDxRag2Gamma(c)-/- hybrid mouse strains revealed fine differences in post-injury ipsilateral grip strength as well as total number of rearings on the cylinder task. Differences in post-SCI contralateral forepaw duty cycle and regularity index as measured by CatWalk gait analysis between the two immunodeficient strains were also observed. Further, assessment of young (3-4 months old) and aging (16-17 months old) Rag2gamma(c)-/- mice identified age-related pre-injury differences in strength and rearing that were largely masked following cervical contusion injury; observations that may help interpret previous results in aged rodents as well as human clinical trials. Collectively, the work provides useful insight for experimental design and analysis of future pre-clinical studies in a translational unilateral cervical contusion injury model.