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2012 Nissan Altima

Midsize moderately priced car
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    A
  • Head restraints & seats
    A
2009 Nissan Altima shown
2009 Nissan Altima shown
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Electronic stability control
3
Antilock brakes
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
A
G
G
G
G
2013
A
G
G
G
G
2012
G
G
A
A
2011
G
G
A
A
2010
G
G
A
A
2009
G
G
A
A
2008
G
G
A
M
2007
G
G
A
M
2006
G
P
A
2005
G
P
A
2004
G
P
2003
G
P
2002
G
P
2001
M
2000
M

Applies to 2007-12 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 2007 model year. Two 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. Head acceleration from the roof rail hit was low in the test conducted by Nissan.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled in both tests. During rebound in the test conducted by Nissan, the dummy's head hit the roof rail. During the test conducted by the Institute, the driver side curtain and thorax airbags deployed, and the dummy's head rebounded into the side curtain airbag without coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2007 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4-door
Weight 3,202 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase109 in.
Length190 in.
Width71 in.
Engine2.5 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings26 mpg city / 34 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF0616CEF0703
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)54
Left (cm)87
Center (cm)74
Right (cm)147
Brake pedal (cm)73
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)12
Right (cm)12
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)1-4
Rearward (cm)-3-1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)00

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF0616CEF0703
Head
HIC-15205160
Peak gs at hard contact27 no contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.0 0.8
Extension bending moment (Nm)10 27
Maximum Nij 0.27 0.29
Chest maximum compression (mm)29 29
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)1.3 0.4
Femur force - right (kN)1.0 1.9
Knee displacement - left (mm)1 0
Knee displacement - right (mm)0 1
Maximum tibia index - left0.28 0.40
Maximum tibia index - right0.40 0.30
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.02.2
Tibia axial force - right (kN)1.61.8
Foot acceleration (g)
Left4758
Right4453

Applies to 2010-12 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
A
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
A
Pelvis/leg
A
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 2007 model year. Beginning with 2010 models, the body side structure was modified to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Nissan as part of side crash test verification. The car tested was a 2009 model fitted with the improved body side structure and was representative of production 2010 models.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures as well as a left femur fracture would be possible 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.

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 vehicle2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4-door
Weight 3,245 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase109 in.
Length191 in.
Width71 in.
Engine2.5 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings23 mpg city / 32 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTS0906
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.
-7.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTS0906
Head HIC-15295
Neck
Tension (kN)1.0
Compression (kN)0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)46
Lateral force (kN)1.7
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)46
Average deflection (mm)40
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)6.40
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.85
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.6
Acetabulum force (kN)1.8
Combined force (kN)3.3
Left femur
L-M force (kN)2.4
L-M moment (Nm)50
A-P moment (Nm) 269

Passenger injury measures

Test IDVTS0906
Head HIC-15299
Neck
Tension (kN)0.7
Compression (kN)0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)27
Lateral force (kN)1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)38
Average deflection (mm)32
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)2.90
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.44
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.4
Acetabulum force (kN)2.1
Combined force (kN)2.3
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.6
L-M moment (Nm)45
A-P moment (Nm) 114

Applies to 2007-12 models

Overall evaluation
A
Curb weight3,196 lbs
Peak force12,111 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio3.79
Tested vehicle
2009 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 2009-12 models

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

Seat type

Manual cloth seats (AHR)

How this test is conducted

Seat typeManual cloth seats (AHR)
Geometry
Backset (mm)45
Distance below top of head (mm)39
Seat design parameters
Pass/failFail
Max T1 acceleration (g)10.3
Head contact time (ms)88
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)112
Max neck tension (N)488

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