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2013 Nissan Sentra

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Crashworthiness
Front crash
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Crash avoidance rating
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  • Small overlap front
    P
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
Ratings shown are the latest available for this model year.
See below for ratings based on manufacture date.
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
P
G
G
G
G
2013
P
G
G
G
G
2012
G
A
A
A
2011
G
A
A
A
2010
G
G
A
A
2009
G
G
A
G
2008
G
G
A
G
2007
G
G
A
G
2006
A
P
P
2005
A
P
P
2004
A
P
P
2003
A
P
P
2002
A
P
P
2001
A
P
2000
A
P
1999
A
1998
A

Applies to 2013-14 models

Overall evaluation
P
Structure and safety cage
P
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
A
Lower leg/foot
M
Restraints and dummy kinematics
M
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Nissan Sentra was redesigned for the 2013 model year.

Structure

The driver's space was seriously compromised by intruding structure. Lower interior intrusion measured as much as 34 cm at the lower hinge pillar. Upper interior intrusion measured 20-22 cm at the hinge pillar and instrument panel. The steering column was pushed back 8 cm toward the driver.

Injury measures

Measures from the dummy indicate that injuries to the left lower leg, knee, and thigh would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side as the steering column moved 15 cm to the right, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward side structure. The side curtain airbag deployed but does not have sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with forward side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag deployed.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2013 Nissan Sentra S 4-door
Weight 2,825 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase106 in.
Length182 in.
Width69 in.
Engine1.8 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings30 mpg city / 39 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEN1315
Lower hinge pillar max (cm)34
Footrest (cm)17
Lower occupant compartment
Left toepan (cm)10
Brake pedal (cm)5
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm)17
Steering column8
Upper hinge pillar max (cm)20
Upper occupant compartment
Upper dash (cm)22
Lower instrument panel (cm)21

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEN1315
Head
HIC-15344
Peak gs at hard contact
Neck
Tension (kN)2.1
Extension bending moment (Nm)14
Maximum Nij 0.36
Chest maximum compression (mm)24
Femur (kN)
Left5.7
Right2.0
Knee displacement (mm)
Left14
Right0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left5
Right0
Maximum tibia index
Left1.13
Right0.60
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left2.4
Right2.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left73
Right75

Applies to 2013-14 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 Sentra was redesigned for the 2013 model year. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Nissan as part of frontal crash test verification.

Injury measures

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

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 hitting any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2013 Nissan Sentra SV 4-door
Weight 2,811 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase106 in.
Length182 in.
Width69 in.
Engine1.8 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings30 mpg city / 39 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF1210
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)8
Left (cm)10
Center (cm)9
Right (cm)9
Brake pedal (cm)10
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)4
Right (cm)2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)2
Rearward (cm)0
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)3

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF1210
Head
HIC-15127
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm)18
Maximum Nij 0.23
Chest maximum compression (mm)25
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.6
Femur force - right (kN)1.1
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)10
Maximum tibia index - left0.44
Maximum tibia index - right0.37
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.5
Tibia axial force - right (kN)1.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left73
Right52

Applies to 2013-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
A
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
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 Sentra was redesigned for the 2013 model year.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that a fracture of the pelvis 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 vehicle2013 Nissan Sentra FE+ SV 4-door
Weight 2,838 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase106 in.
Length182 in.
Width69 in.
Engine1.8 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings30 mpg city / 40 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES1304
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 IDCES1304
Head HIC-15251
Neck
Tension (kN)0.9
Compression (kN)0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)32
Lateral force (kN)1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)35
Average deflection (mm)33
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)2.98
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.49
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)3.7
Acetabulum force (kN)2.1
Combined force (kN)5.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.0
L-M moment (Nm)181
A-P moment (Nm) 43

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES1304
Head HIC-15123
Neck
Tension (kN)0.5
Compression (kN)0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)31
Lateral force (kN)1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)26
Average deflection (mm)18
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.69
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.30
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.1
Acetabulum force (kN)2.5
Combined force (kN)3.3
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.1
L-M moment (Nm)122
A-P moment (Nm) 30

Applies to 2013-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight2,826 lbs
Peak force14,893 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio5.27
Tested vehicle
2013 Nissan Sentra 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 2013-14 models built after June 2013

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
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

How this test is conducted

Seat typeManual cloth seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)18
Distance below top of head (mm)48
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)12.7
Head contact time (ms)54
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)0
Max neck tension (N)399

Applies to 2013 models built before July 2013

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

Seat type

Manual cloth seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typeManual cloth seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)62
Distance below top of head (mm)64
Seat design parameters
Pass/failFail
Max T1 acceleration (g)14.7
Head contact time (ms)78
Force ratingModerate
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)91
Max neck tension (N)853

Applies to 2013-15 models

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Not Available
0 points total

Forward collision warning

Not available.
0 points

Low-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

High-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

How this rating is determined

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