2006 Nissan Pathfinder

Midsize SUV
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side without optional side airbags
    M
  • Side with optional side airbags
    G
  • Roof strength
    M
  • Head restraints & seats
    M
1
Side airbags: head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats and front seat-mounted torso airbags (optional)
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags, if equipped, in the event of an impending rollover
3
Electronic stability control
4
Antilock brakes
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
G
G
2013
G
G
2012
G
G
M
M
2011
G
G
M
M
2010
G
G
M
M
2009
G
G
M
M
2008
G
G
M
M
M
2007
G
G
M
M
M
2006
G
G
M
M
M
2005
G
G
M
M
M
2004
M
2003
M
2002
M
2001
M
2000
M
1999
M
1998
M
1997
M

Applies to 2005-12 models

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

The Nissan Pathfinder was redesigned for the 2005 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the head, neck, and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on the left tibia and both feet indicate that injuries to one lower leg and both feet would be possible. (Note: during the test, some injury data from the right leg was not obtained, but after the Institute reviewed comparable test data from Nissan, the right leg injury rating was not changed.)

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. 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 vehicle2007 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4wd
Weight 4,689 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase112 in.
Length188 in.
Width73 in.
Engine4.0 L V6
EPA ratings16 mpg city / 21 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0718
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)14
Left (cm)15
Center (cm)17
Right (cm)16
Brake pedal (cm)5
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)2
Right (cm)2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)6
Rearward (cm)-2
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)1

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0718
Head
HIC-15279
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm)15
Maximum Nij 0.21
Chest maximum compression (mm)34
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)1.9
Femur force - right (kN)0.6
Knee displacement - left (mm)11
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.81
Maximum tibia index - right0.48
Tibia axial force - left (kN)4.4
Tibia axial force - right (kN)3.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left170
Right199

Applies to 2005-08 models

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

The Nissan Pathfinder was redesigned for the 2005 model year. Beginning with 2009 models, side airbags were made standard.

Two tests of a 2007 Pathfinder were conducted, one with optional side airbags for the driver and rear passenger, and one without. These vehicles are rated separately, except that the structural ratings for both vehicles are based on both tests.

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. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

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

Head protection

Driver — Although the intruding barrier did not hit the dummy's head in this test, the head was not protected from contacts outside the vehicle. This indicates that only slightly different crash circumstances could produce a direct hit to a person's head.

Passenger — The dummy's head was hit by the window glass of the rear passenger door. This impact did not produce high head injury measures, but the head protection is inadequate.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2007 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4wd
Weight 4,709 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase112 in.
Length188 in.
Width73 in.
Engine4.0 L V6
EPA ratings16 mpg city / 21 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0726CES0728
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.
-17.0-16.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0726
Head HIC-15150
Neck
Tension (kN)1.5
Compression (kN)0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)52
Lateral force (kN)2.1
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)59
Average deflection (mm)49
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)5.94
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)1.59
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.0
Acetabulum force (kN)3.3
Combined force (kN)4.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.4
L-M moment (Nm)147
A-P moment (Nm) -60

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0726
Head HIC-1556
Neck
Tension (kN)1.0
Compression (kN)0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)27
Lateral force (kN)1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)44
Average deflection (mm)28
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)2.82
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.50
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.6
Acetabulum force (kN)2.4
Combined force (kN)2.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.5
L-M moment (Nm)50
A-P moment (Nm) 16

Applies to 2005-08 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
A
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 Pathfinder was redesigned for the 2005 model year.

Two tests of a 2007 Pathfinder were conducted, one with optional side airbags for the driver and rear passenger, and one without. These vehicles are rated separately, except that the structural ratings for both vehicles are based on both tests. Beginning with 2009 models, side airbags were made standard.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

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 vehicle2007 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4wd
Weight 4,773 lbs.
Side airbagsoptional front and rear head curtain airbags with optional front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase112 in.
Length188 in.
Width73 in.
Engine4.0 L V6
EPA ratings16 mpg city / 21 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0726CES0728
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.
-17.0-16.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0728
Head HIC-1568
Neck
Tension (kN)0.9
Compression (kN)0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)33
Lateral force (kN)1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)41
Average deflection (mm)36
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.71
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.54
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.0
Acetabulum force (kN)3.1
Combined force (kN)3.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.4
L-M moment (Nm)78
A-P moment (Nm) -48

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0728
Head HIC-1583
Neck
Tension (kN)0.4
Compression (kN)0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)22
Lateral force (kN)1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)43
Average deflection (mm)25
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.05
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.64
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.9
Acetabulum force (kN)2.5
Combined force (kN)3.5
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.4
L-M moment (Nm)53
A-P moment (Nm) -20

Applies to 2005-12 models

Overall evaluation
M
Curb weight4,721 lbs
Peak force14,517 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio3.07
Tested vehicle
2010 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4-door 4wd
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 2005-09 models

Overall evaluation
M
Dynamic rating
M
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
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)55
Distance below top of head (mm)50
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)16.0
Head contact time (ms)69
Force ratingHigh
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)294
Max neck tension (N)1,460

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