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2016 Nissan Altima

Midsize car
Crashworthiness
  • Small overlap front
    G
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

Crash avoidance & Mitigation
Front crash prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
with optional
equipment

Headlights
A
with optional
equipment

Child Seat Anchors (LATCH)
ease of use
M


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Model year Front overlap Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention
Small Moderate
2017
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
2016
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
2015
A
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2014
A
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2013
A
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2012
G
G
A
A
Crash avoidance rating
2011
G
G
A
A
Crash avoidance rating
2010
G
G
A
A
Crash avoidance rating
2009
G
G
A
A
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
G
A
M
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
G
A
M
Crash avoidance rating
2006
G
P
A
Crash avoidance rating
2005
G
P
A
Crash avoidance rating
2004
G
P
Crash avoidance rating
2003
G
P
Crash avoidance rating
2002
G
P
Crash avoidance rating
2001
M
Crash avoidance rating
2000
M
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2016-17 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
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.

Structure

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.

Injury measures

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
Wheelbase 109 in.
Length 192 in.
Width 72 in.
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

Test ID CEN1542
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 6
Footrest (cm) 6
Left toepan (cm) 3
Brake pedal (cm) 1
Parking brake (cm) 11
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 2
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 0
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 1
Upper dash (cm) 3
Lower instrument panel (cm) 3

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1542
Head
HIC-15 98
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm) 9
Maximum Nij 0.18
Chest maximum compression (mm) 19
Femur (kN)
Left 0.4
Right 0.0
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 1
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.64
Right 0.43
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.7
Right 0.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 90
Right 46

Applies to 2013-17 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Nissan Altima was redesigned for the 2013 model year. Two moderate overlap frontal tests of the Altima were conducted, one by the Institute and the other by Nissan as part of frontal crash test verification. Ratings are based on both tests.

Injury measures

In each test, measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled in both tests. After the dummy moved forward into the airbag, it rebounded into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2013 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4-door
Weight 3,125 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 109 in.
Length 191 in.
Width 72 in.
Engine 2.5 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 27 mpg city / 38 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1206 CEF1208
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 5 6
Left (cm) 7 8
Center (cm) 7 7
Right (cm) 11 9
Brake pedal (cm) 10 12
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1 2
Right (cm) 3 3
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -7 -8
Rearward (cm) -1 -1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1206 CEF1208
Head
HIC-15 158 148
Peak gs at hard contact no contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.2 1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm) 15 19
Maximum Nij 0.24 0.23
Chest maximum compression (mm) 28 29
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.1 0.2
Femur force - right (kN) 0.2 0.4
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0 1
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.28 0.26
Maximum tibia index - right 0.38 0.52
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 0.9 1.3
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 1.3 1.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 42 53
Right 68 65

Applies to 2013-17 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Nissan Altima was redesigned for the 2013 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Nissan as part of side crash test verification.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof and a side airbag that deployed from the seat.

Passenger — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2013 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV 4-door
Weight 3,177 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 109 in.
Length 191 in.
Width 72 in.
Engine 2.5 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 27 mpg city / 38 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1209
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-12.5

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1209
Head HIC-15 292
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Compression (kN) 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 29
Lateral force (kN) 1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 32
Average deflection (mm) 30
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.60
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.52
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.4
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.6
Combined force (kN) 3.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.3
L-M moment (Nm) 58
A-P moment (Nm) 204

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1209
Head HIC-15 159
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.3
Compression (kN) 0.6
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 37
Lateral force (kN) 1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 39
Average deflection (mm) 29
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.40
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.71
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.4
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.5
Combined force (kN) 1.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.4
L-M moment (Nm) 28
A-P moment (Nm) 160

Applies to 2013-17 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight 3,115 lbs
Peak force 16,485 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.29
Tested vehicle
2013 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4-door
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2013-17 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Power cloth seats

How this test is conducted

Seat type Power cloth seats
Geometry
Backset (mm) 2
Distance below top of head (mm) 38
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 13.1
Head contact time (ms) 49
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 266

Applies to 2016-17 models

System details

  • Optional Forward Emergency Braking

Package name

  • Optional Technology Package

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Superior
with optional
equipment
5 points total

Forward collision warning

This system meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for forward collision warning.
1 point

Low-speed autobrake

In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
2 points

High-speed autobrake

In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 10 mph.
2 points

How this rating is determined

Ratings are given for 4 different headlight variations available for this vehicle.
Trim level(s)
  • 2.5 SR trim equipped with LED Appearance package
  • 2.5 SL trim equipped with Technology package
  • 3.5 SR trim
  • 3.5 SL trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? No
Overall rating
Applies to models built after January 2016
A
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual right curve, fair on the sharp right and sharp left curves, and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams created some glare.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on both right curves and inadequate on both left curves.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • All trims
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? No
Overall rating
Applies to models built before February 2016
P
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • 2.5 trim
  • 2.5S trim
  • 2.5 SR trim
  • 2.5 SV trim
  • 2.5 SL trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? No
Overall rating
Applies to models built after January 2016
P
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • 2.5 trim
  • 2.5 S trim
  • 2.5 SR trim
  • 2.5 SV trim
  • 2.5 SL trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? No
Overall rating
P
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • 2.5 SR trim equipped with LED Appearance package
  • 2.5 SL trim equipped with Technology package
  • 3.5 SR trim
  • 3.5 SL trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2016-17 models built after January 2016
A
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 104.7 m 3.7 %
Straightaway left edge 51.8 m 3.7 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 65.1 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 49.9 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 53.2 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 48.7 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 153.6 m
Straightaway left edge 113.8 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 71.2 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 59.3 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 55.7 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 52.3 m

Trim level(s)
  • All trims
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2016 models built before February 2016
P
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 81.0 m None
Straightaway left edge 23.4 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 43.1 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 31.5 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 34.2 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 27.3 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 141.6 m
Straightaway left edge 108.8 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 51.7 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 47.8 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 40.1 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 36.8 m

Trim level(s)
  • 2.5 trim
  • 2.5S trim
  • 2.5 SR trim
  • 2.5 SV trim
  • 2.5 SL trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2016 models built after January 2016
P
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 81.0 m None
Straightaway left edge 23.4 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 43.1 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 31.5 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 34.2 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 27.3 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 141.6 m
Straightaway left edge 108.8 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 51.7 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 47.8 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 40.1 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 36.8 m

Trim level(s)
  • 2.5 trim
  • 2.5 S trim
  • 2.5 SR trim
  • 2.5 SV trim
  • 2.5 SL trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2015-17 models
P
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 89.1 m None
Straightaway left edge 26.4 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 47.0 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 32.8 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 35.5 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 29.0 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 165.0 m
Straightaway left edge 126.5 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 63.9 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 58.9 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 52.1 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 46.7 m

Applies to 2016-17 models

How this rating is determined

Overall evaluation

M
Vehicle trim S
Seat type cloth

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

1 2 3


Good
Acceptable
Marginal
Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
Tether anchor
Lower anchors
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors

Seat position 21

3
Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 20
Clearance angle (degrees) 85
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 30
Clearance angle (degrees) 76
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 22

2
Lower anchor A
No lower latch for this seat position
Lower anchor B
No lower latch for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1
Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 43
Clearance angle (degrees) 73
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 19
Clearance angle (degrees) 79
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Applies to 2016-17 models

How this rating is determined

Overall evaluation

A
Vehicle trim SL
Seat type leather

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

1 2 3


Good
Acceptable
Marginal
Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
Tether anchor
Lower anchors
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors

Seat position 21

3
Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 26
Clearance angle (degrees) 82
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 35
Clearance angle (degrees) 83
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 22

2
Lower anchor A
No lower latch for this seat position
Lower anchor B
No lower latch for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1
Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 37
Clearance angle (degrees) 70
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 25
Clearance angle (degrees) 79
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover (beginning with 2015 models)
3
Electronic stability control
4
Antilock brakes
5
Daytime running lights (optional beginning with 2016 models)

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