Applies to 2016 models
|Structure and safety cage|
|Restraints and dummy kinematics|
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.
The Nissan Altima was redesigned for the 2013 model year. Beginning with 2016 models, the front-end structure was strengthened and the junction of the door sill, hinge pillar, and footwell was reinforced to improve occupant protection in small overlap frontal crashes.
The driver space was maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 11 cm at the parking brake pedal. Upper interior intrusion measured 3 cm at the instrument panel.
Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.
Restraints and dummy kinematics
The dummy’s movement was well controlled. The dummy’s head loaded the frontal airbag, which stayed in front of the dummy until rebound. The side curtain airbag deployed and has sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag also deployed.
Tested vehicle specifications
|Tested vehicle||2016 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4-door|
|Weight|| 3,213 lbs.|
|Side airbags||front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags|
|Engine||2.5 L 4-cylinder|
|EPA ratings||27 mpg city / 39 mpg highway|
How this test is conducted
Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side
|Lower occupant compartment|
|Lower hinge pillar max (cm)||6|
|Left toepan (cm)||3|
|Brake pedal (cm)||1|
|Parking brake (cm)||11|
|Rocker panel lateral average (cm)||2|
|Upper occupant compartment|
|Upper hinge pillar max (cm)||1|
|Upper dash (cm)||3|
|Lower instrument panel (cm)||3|
Driver injury measures
|Peak gs at hard contact||no contact |
|Tension (kN)||1.0 |
|Extension bending moment (Nm)||9 |
|Maximum Nij ||0.18 |
|Chest maximum compression (mm)||19 |
|Knee displacement (mm)|
|Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)|
|Maximum tibia index|
|Tibia axial force (kN)|
|Foot acceleration (g)|