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2012 Nissan Versa sedan

Minicar
  • Small overlap front
    P
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
2012 Nissan Versa sedan
2012 Nissan Versa sedan
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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
P
G
G
G
G
2011
G
A
A
G
2010
G
G
A
G
2009
G
G
A
G
2008
G
G
A
G
2007
G
G
A
G

Applies to 2012-14 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. It is built on a different platform and does not share the ratings of the Versa sedan.

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 vehicle2014 Nissan Versa S 4-door
Weight 2,402 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase102 in.
Length175 in.
Width67 in.
Engine1.6 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings26 mpg city / 35 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEN1334
Lower hinge pillar max (cm)42
Footrest (cm)23
Lower occupant compartment
Left toepan (cm)16
Brake pedal (cm)4
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm)11
Steering column10
Upper hinge pillar max (cm)22
Upper occupant compartment
Upper dash (cm)27
Lower instrument panel (cm)29

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEN1334
Head
HIC-1577
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm)39
Maximum Nij 0.39
Chest maximum compression (mm)24
Femur (kN)
Left3.2
Right1.2
Knee displacement (mm)
Left13
Right1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left1
Right0
Maximum tibia index
Left1.81
Right0.70
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left5.8
Right2.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left89
Right45

Applies to 2012-14 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 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, the Versa hatchback was redesigned for the 2014 model year and renamed the Versa Note. It is built on a different platform and does not share the ratings of the Versa sedan.

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 vehicle2012 Nissan Versa 1.6 S 4-door
Weight 2,425 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase102 in.
Length175 in.
Width67 in.
Engine1.6 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings30 mpg city / 38 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF1113
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 IDVTF1113
Head
HIC-15245
Peak gs at hard contactno 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 - left0.24
Maximum tibia index - right0.60
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.8
Tibia axial force - right (kN)1.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left54
Right54

Applies to 2012-14 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, the Versa hatchback was redesigned for the 2014 model year and renamed the Versa Note. It is built on a different platform and does not share the ratings of the Versa sedan.

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 vehicleNissan Versa 1.6 SV 4-door
Weight 2,448 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase102 in.
Length175 in.
Width67 in.
Engine1.6 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings30 mpg city / 38 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES1201
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 IDCES1201
Head HIC-15379
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 IDCES1201
Head HIC-15414
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 2012-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight2,412 lbs
Peak force11,947 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio4.95
Tested vehicle
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2012-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Head restraints & seats ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Manual cloth seat with adjustable head restraint

How this test is conducted

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

Applies to 2012-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Head restraints & seats ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Manual cloth seat with fixed head restraint

How this test is conducted

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

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