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2018 Nissan Versa Note

Minicar
Crashworthiness
  • Moderate overlap front
    G

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

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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
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2017
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2016
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2015
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2014
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available

Applies to 2016-18 models

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 Versa hatchback was redesigned for the 2014 model year after a one-year absence from the market and renamed the Versa Note. Nissan believes the Versa Note is sufficiently different from the Versa 4-door sedan that the two variants do not share ratings. Beginning with 2016 models, the driver frontal airbag was changed to a simpler design with flexible venting technology.

Two tests of the Versa Note were conducted by Nissan, one of a 2014 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 neck, 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.

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 Note SV 4-door
Weight 2,514 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 102 in.
Length 164 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 VTF1603 VTF1313
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 10 9
Left (cm) 13 13
Center (cm) 13 13
Right (cm) 14 13
Brake pedal (cm) 5 7
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 6 1
Right (cm) 6 4
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 6 7
Rearward (cm) -2 0
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 2 3

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1603 VTF1313
Head
HIC-15 355 428
Peak gs at hard contact 93 81
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1 1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm) 9 26
Maximum Nij 0.31 0.28
Chest maximum compression (mm) 31 34
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 3.7 3.0
Femur force - right (kN) 2.1 2.0
Knee displacement - left (mm) 2 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.62 0.38
Maximum tibia index - right 0.60 0.95
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.7 2.2
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 1.5 2.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 75 82
Right 68 175

Applies to 2014-18 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

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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