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2004 Nissan Murano

Midsize SUV
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    P
Ratings shown are the latest available for this model year.
See below for ratings based on manufacture date.
2003 Nissan Murano shown
2003 Nissan Murano shown
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Electronic stability control (optional)
3
Antilock brakes
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
G
G
M
G
2013
G
G
M
G
2012
G
G
M
G
2011
G
G
M
G
2010
G
G
M
G
2009
G
G
M
G
2007
G
M
2006
G
M
2005
G
P
2004
G
P
2003
P

Applies to 2004-07 models built after September 2003

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
A
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 Murano was introduced in the 2003 model year.

All 2003 and later Murano models manufactured after June 2003 include structural changes to improve occupant protection in frontal offset crashes. In addition, Nissan modified a portion of the padding underneath the carpeting at the driver's right heel on 2004 and later models produced after September 2003 (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door).

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has evaluated the crashworthiness of a 2003 Murano with the structural modifications and retrofitted with the improved padding in a 40 mph frontal offset crash test into a deformable barrier.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the chest and both legs indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. A high head acceleration occurred when the dummy's head hit the steering wheel through the airbag, indicating that head injuries would be possible. Forces on the neck indicate that injuries to the neck would be possible.

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 vehicle2003 Nissan Murano SL 4wd
Weight 3,999 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase111 in.
Length188 in.
Width74 in.
Engine3.5 L V6
EPA ratings20 mpg city / 24 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0323
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)6
Left (cm)10
Center (cm)11
Right (cm)9
Brake pedal (cm)13
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)4
Right (cm)3
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)4
Rearward (cm)-1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)2

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0323
Head
HIC-15517
Peak gs at hard contact118
Neck
Tension (kN)2.9
Extension bending moment (Nm)23
Maximum Nij 0.47
Chest maximum compression (mm)29
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.4
Femur force - right (kN)2.0
Knee displacement - left (mm)1
Knee displacement - right (mm)3
Maximum tibia index - left0.40
Maximum tibia index - right0.57
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN)1.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left43
Right74

Applies to 2003-05 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

All seats (AHR)

How this test is conducted

Seat typeAll seats (AHR)
Geometry
Backset (mm)75
Distance below top of head (mm)82
Seat design parameters
Pass/failFail
Max T1 acceleration (g)
Head contact time (ms)
Force rating
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)
Max neck tension (N)

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