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2005 Nissan Maxima

Midsize car
Crashworthiness
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    M
  • Head restraints & seats
    P

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Model year Front overlap Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention
Small Moderate
2016
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
2014
A
G
G
A
M
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2013
A
G
G
A
M
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2012
A
G
G
A
M
Crash avoidance rating
2011
A
G
G
A
M
Crash avoidance rating
2010
A
G
G
A
M
Crash avoidance rating
2009
A
G
G
A
M
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
M
M
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
M
M
Crash avoidance rating
2006
G
M
P
Crash avoidance rating
2005
G
M
P
Crash avoidance rating
2004
G
M
P
Crash avoidance rating
2003
A
Crash avoidance rating
2002
A
Crash avoidance rating
2001
A
Crash avoidance rating
2000
A
Crash avoidance rating
1999
A
Crash avoidance rating
1998
A
Crash avoidance rating
1997
A
Crash avoidance rating
1996
P
Crash avoidance rating
1995
P
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2004-08 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 Maxima was redesigned for the 2004 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the head, neck, chest, and both legs indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the inflated side curtain airbag. The dummy continued to rebound into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2004 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SE 4-door
Weight 3,472 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 111 in.
Length 194 in.
Width 72 in.
Engine 3.5 L V6
EPA ratings 20 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0407
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 8
Left (cm) 9
Center (cm) 12
Right (cm) 12
Brake pedal (cm) 12
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 3
Right (cm) 3
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 4
Rearward (cm) 3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF0407
Head
HIC-15 170
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 10
Maximum Nij 0.18
Chest maximum compression (mm) 28
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.1
Femur force - right (kN) 2.6
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 2
Maximum tibia index - left 0.44
Maximum tibia index - right 0.46
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 44
Right 53

Applies to 2004-08 models

Overall evaluation
M
Structure and safety cage
M
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
P
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 Maxima was redesigned for the 2004 model year.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries would be likely in a crash of this severity. A left femur fracture would also be possible.

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 vehicle 2005 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SE 4-door
Weight 3,481 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 111 in.
Length 194 in.
Width 72 in.
Engine 3.5 L V6
EPA ratings 20 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES0510
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.
-1.0

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES0510
Head HIC-15 372
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Compression (kN) 0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 53
Lateral force (kN) 1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 60
Average deflection (mm) 56
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 6.25
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 1.60
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 3.0
Combined force (kN) 4.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.5
L-M moment (Nm) 301
A-P moment (Nm) 26

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES0510
Head HIC-15 205
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Compression (kN) 0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 36
Lateral force (kN) 2.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 29
Average deflection (mm) 18
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 1.68
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.29
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.8
Combined force (kN) 2.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.9
L-M moment (Nm) 89
A-P moment (Nm) -60

Applies to 2004-06 models

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

Seat type

Cloth seats AHR

How this test is conducted

Seat type Cloth seats AHR
Geometry
Backset (mm) 130
Distance below top of head (mm) 72
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Fail
Max T1 acceleration (g) 0.0
Head contact time (ms)
Force rating 0
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)
Max neck tension (N)

Applies to 2004-06 models

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

Seat type

Leather seats AHR

How this test is conducted

Seat type Leather seats AHR
Geometry
Backset (mm) 98
Distance below top of head (mm) 72
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Fail
Max T1 acceleration (g) 0.0
Head contact time (ms)
Force rating 0
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)
Max neck tension (N)
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Electronic stability control (optional)
3
Antilock brakes

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