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2013 Nissan Versa

Minicar
2012 Nissan Versa 4-door sedan shown
2012 Nissan Versa 4-door sedan shown
Crashworthiness
  • Small overlap front
    P
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

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

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Model year Front overlap Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention
Small Moderate
2016
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2015
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
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 2012-15 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. Head acceleration from the instrument panel hit was 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.

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 2012-15 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, but the Versa hatchback was not redesigned and remained essentially unchanged for the 2012 model year. Therefore the moderate 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.) Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Nissan as part of frontal crash test verification.

Following a one-year absence from the market, 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.

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 coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2012 Nissan Versa 1.6 S 4-door
Weight 2,425 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 30 mpg city / 38 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

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

Driver injury measures

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

Applies to 2012-15 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, but the Versa hatchback was not redesigned and remained essentially unchanged for the 2012 model year. Therefore the side 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 from the market, 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.

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.

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 2012 Nissan Versa 1.6 SV 4-door
Weight 2,448 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 30 mpg city / 38 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID 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.
-8.5

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES1201
Head HIC-15 379
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Compression (kN) 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 27
Lateral force (kN) 1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 25
Average deflection (mm) 21
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.06
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.25
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.4
Acetabulum force (kN) 3.3
Combined force (kN) 4.3
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.1
L-M moment (Nm) 197
A-P moment (Nm) 69

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES1201
Head HIC-15 414
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.2
Compression (kN) 1.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 50
Lateral force (kN) 1.9
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 33
Average deflection (mm) 23
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.69
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.41
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.1
Combined force (kN) 2.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.5
L-M moment (Nm) 103
A-P moment (Nm) 45

Applies to 2012-16 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 2012-15 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 with fixed head restraint

How this test is conducted

Seat type Manual cloth seat with fixed head restraint
Geometry
Backset (mm) 12
Distance below top of head (mm) 40
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 16.7
Head contact time (ms) 48
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 12
Max neck tension (N) 645

Applies to 2012-15 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 with adjustable head restraint

How this test is conducted

Seat type Manual cloth seat with adjustable head restraint
Geometry
Backset (mm) 4
Distance below top of head (mm) 20
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 13.7
Head contact time (ms) 50
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 362

Applies to 2013-16 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

1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Electronic stability control
3
Antilock brakes

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