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2018 Nissan Versa

Minicar
2016 Nissan Versa shown
2016 Nissan Versa shown
Crashworthiness
  • Small overlap front
  • Driver-side
    P
  • Passenger-side
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

Crash avoidance & Mitigation
Front crash prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Not available

Child Seat Anchors (LATCH)
ease of use
A

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Model year Small overlap front Moderate overlap front Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention Headlights LATCH ease of use
Driver Passenger
2018
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
A
2017
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
A
2016
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
A
2015
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
A
2014
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2013
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2012
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2011
G
A
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
G
G
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
G
G
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
G
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
G
A
G
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2012-18 models

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

The Nissan Versa sedan was redesigned for the 2012 model year, but the Versa hatchback was not redesigned and remained essentially unchanged for the 2012 model year. Therefore the small overlap frontal ratings detailed below apply only to the sedan. Also, the sedan's weight was reduced sufficiently to reclassify it as a minicar beginning with the 2012 redesign. (Earlier sedans and the 2007-12 hatchbacks are classified as small cars.)

Following a one-year absence, the Versa hatchback was redesigned for the 2014 model year and renamed the Versa Note. Nissan believes the Versa Note is sufficiently different from the Versa sedan that the two variants do not share ratings.

Structure

The driver's space was seriously compromised by intruding structure. Lower interior intrusion measured as much as 42 cm at the lower hinge pillar. Upper interior intrusion measured 27-29 cm at the instrument panel. The steering column was pushed back 10 cm toward the driver.

Injury measures

Measures from the dummy indicate that injuries to the left lower leg would be likely in a crash of this severity and injuries to the left knee would be possible. 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 and leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward structure. The steering column moved upward 12 cm and 15 cm to the right, contributing to a lack of protection for the head and allowing little airbag cushioning for the chest. The side curtain airbag deployed and had sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with forward side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag also deployed. (Beginning with 2016 models, the driver frontal airbag was changed to a simpler design with flexible venting technology. Because the dummy's head barely interacted with the frontal airbag in the test of the 2014 model, it is unlikely that any changes in dummy kinematics would be expected in 2016 and later models.)

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2014 Nissan Versa S 4-door
Weight 2,402 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 102 in.
Length 175 in.
Width 67 in.
Engine 1.6 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 26 mpg city / 35 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1334
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 42
Footrest (cm) 23
Left toepan (cm) 16
Brake pedal (cm) 4
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 11
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 10
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 22
Upper dash (cm) 27
Lower instrument panel (cm) 29

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1334
Head
HIC-15 77
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 39
Maximum Nij 0.39
Chest maximum compression (mm) 24
Femur (kN)
Left 3.2
Right 1.2
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 13
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 1
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 1.81
Right 0.70
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 5.8
Right 2.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 89
Right 45

Applies to 2016-18 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 Versa sedan was redesigned for the 2012 model year. Beginning with 2016 models, the driver frontal airbag was changed to a simpler design with flexible venting technology.

Two tests of the Versa sedan were conducted by Nissan, one of a 2012 model and the other of a 2016 model. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute as part of frontal crash test verification. As expected, the newer airbag did not contribute to any significant changes in test results. Therefore, the ratings are based on both tests, but vehicle specifications listed below are for the 2016 model.

Injury measures

In each test, 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 in each test. The driver side curtain and side torso airbags deployed during the crash. After the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, its head contacted the side curtain airbag.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2016 Nissan Versa S 4-door
Weight 2,468 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 102 in.
Length 175 in.
Width 67 in.
Engine 1.6 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 31 mpg city / 40 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1602 VTF1113
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 11 6
Left (cm) 12 10
Center (cm) 10 9
Right (cm) 12 10
Brake pedal (cm) 7 4
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 4 2
Right (cm) 4 3
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 2 3
Rearward (cm) 0 -1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 2 2

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1602 VTF1113
Head
HIC-15 298 245
Peak gs at hard contact no contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1 1.2
Extension bending moment (Nm) 7 20
Maximum Nij 0.18 0.22
Chest maximum compression (mm) 34 40
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 3.1 3.2
Femur force - right (kN) 2.1 2.5
Knee displacement - left (mm) 2 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1 4
Maximum tibia index - left 0.40 0.24
Maximum tibia index - right 0.47 0.60
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.4 1.8
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.5 1.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 56 54
Right 56 54

Applies to 2016-18 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
A
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
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 Versa sedan was redesigned for the 2012 model year. Beginning with 2016 models, the side curtain and driver side thorax airbags were modified.

Two tests of the Versa sedan were conducted by Nissan, one of a 2012 model and the other of a 2016 model. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute as part of side crash test verification. The two models are rated separately, except that the structure ratings for both vehicles are based on both tests.

Injury measures

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

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 and a side airbag that deployed from the seat.

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 2016 Nissan Versa SV 4-door
Weight 2,495 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 102 in.
Length 175 in.
Width 67 in.
Engine 1.6 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 31 mpg city / 40 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1602 CES1201
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.
-7.0 -8.5

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1602
Head HIC-15 258
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Compression (kN) 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 34
Lateral force (kN) 1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 38
Average deflection (mm) 33
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.73
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.62
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.1
Acetabulum force (kN) 3.0
Combined force (kN) 4.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.9
L-M moment (Nm) 137
A-P moment (Nm) 45

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1602
Head HIC-15 303
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.2
Compression (kN) 0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 40
Lateral force (kN) 1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 36
Average deflection (mm) 27
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.74
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.45
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.4
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.8
Combined force (kN) 4.0
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.4
L-M moment (Nm) 80
A-P moment (Nm) 55

Applies to 2012-18 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight 2,412 lbs
Peak force 11,947 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.95
Tested vehicle
2012 Nissan Versa 1.6 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 2016-18 models

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 seat

How this test is conducted

Seat type Manual cloth seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 2
Distance below top of head (mm) 15
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 13.2
Head contact time (ms) 49
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 37
Max neck tension (N) 387

Applies to 2013-18 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

Applies to 2015-18 models

How this rating is determined

Overall evaluation

A
Vehicle trim SV
Seat type cloth

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

1 2 3


Good
Acceptable
Marginal
Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
Tether anchor
Lower anchors
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors

Seat position 21

3
Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 26
Clearance angle (degrees) 57
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 21
Clearance angle (degrees) 55
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 22

2
Lower anchor A
No lower latch for this seat position
Lower anchor B
No lower latch for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1
Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 22
Clearance angle (degrees) 57
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 17
Clearance angle (degrees) 63
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover (beginning with 2016 models)
3
Electronic stability control
4
Antilock brakes

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