Applies to 2013-15 models built after November 2012
|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 2013 models built after November 2012, structural changes were made to improve occupant protection in small overlap frontal crashes. (Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on the driver door or adjacent B-pillar.) The tested car was built after the structural changes were in place.
The driver space was maintained reasonably well. Lower hinge pillar intrusion measured 23 cm, but all other lower interior intrusion measures were under 15 cm. Maximum intrusion of the upper interior was 11 cm, measured at the instrument panel.
Measures from the dummy indicate that injuries to the left lower leg would be likely in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.
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 had 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||2013 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4-door|
|Weight|| 3,178 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 / 38 mpg highway|
How this test is conducted
Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side
|Lower occupant compartment|
|Lower hinge pillar max (cm)||23|
|Left toepan (cm)||5|
|Brake pedal (cm)||3|
|Parking brake (cm)||14|
|Rocker panel lateral average (cm)||0|
|Upper occupant compartment|
|Upper hinge pillar max (cm)||6|
|Upper dash (cm)||11|
|Lower instrument panel (cm)||11|
Driver injury measures
|Peak gs at hard contact||no contact |
|Tension (kN)||1.1 |
|Extension bending moment (Nm)||7 |
|Maximum Nij ||0.21 |
|Chest maximum compression (mm)||25 |
|Knee displacement (mm)|
|Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)|
|Maximum tibia index|
|Tibia axial force (kN)|
|Foot acceleration (g)|