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2004 Nissan Xterra

Midsize SUV
  • Moderate overlap front
    A
2000 Nissan Xterra shown
2000 Nissan Xterra shown
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags (optional in 2003-04 models)
2
Electronic stability control (optional on 2003-04 4wd models)
3
Antilock brakes
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
G
G
A
M
2013
G
G
A
M
2012
G
G
A
M
2011
G
G
A
M
2010
G
G
A
M
2009
G
G
A
P
2008
G
G
M
A
P
2007
G
G
M
A
P
2006
G
G
M
A
P
2005
G
G
M
A
P
2004
A
2003
A
2002
A
2001
A
2000
A

Applies to 2000-04 models

Overall evaluation
A
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
A
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
M
Restraints and dummy kinematics
A
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Nissan Xterra was introduced in the 2000 model year. All 2000 and later Xterra models manufactured after September 1999 include structural changes to improve occupant protection in frontal crashes (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door).

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has evaluated the crashworthiness of a 2000 Xterra with the structural changes in a 40 mph frontal offset crash test into a deformable barrier.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the neck and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on the head when it hit the steering wheel through the airbag indicate that injuries to the head would be possible. Forces on the right tibia and right foot indicate that injuries to the lower leg and foot would also be possible. Head acceleration from the B-pillar hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was reasonably well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the B-pillar. There was far too much upward movement of the steering wheel.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2000 Nissan Xterra XE 4wd
Weight 4,162 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase104 in.
Length178 in.
Width70 in.
Engine3.3 L V6
EPA ratings16 mpg city / 18 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCF00020
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)11
Left (cm)10
Center (cm)13
Right (cm)9
Brake pedal (cm)9
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)4
Right (cm)10
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)15
Rearward (cm)-2
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)3

Driver injury measures

Test IDCF00020
Head
HIC-15617
Peak gs at hard contact96
Neck
Tension (kN)2.4
Extension bending moment (Nm)35
Maximum Nij 0.42
Chest maximum compression (mm)40
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.3
Femur force - right (kN)2.1
Knee displacement - left (mm)1
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.34
Maximum tibia index - right1.05
Tibia axial force - left (kN)3.8
Tibia axial force - right (kN)5.3
Foot acceleration (g)
Left139
Right165

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