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2014 Nissan Xterra

Midsize SUV

Crashworthiness
Front crash
prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Not Available
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  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    A
  • Head restraints & seats
    M
2007 Nissan Xterra shown
2007 Nissan Xterra shown
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
3
Electronic stability control
4
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 2013-14 models

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

The Nissan Xterra was redesigned for the 2005 model year. Beginning with 2013 models, design changes were made to the frontal airbags and seat belts. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Nissan as part of frontal crash test verification. Because the vehicle structure did not change after 2005, structure ratings are based on this test as well as an earlier test of a 2007 Xterra conducted by the Institute.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the head, neck, and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on the left and right tibias indicate that injuries to the lower legs would be possible.

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 vehicle2013 Nissan Xterra S 4wd
Weight 4,358 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase106 in.
Length179 in.
Width73 in.
Engine4.0 L V6
EPA ratings15 mpg city / 20 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0717VTF1311
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)1011
Left (cm)1012
Center (cm)1317
Right (cm)1017
Brake pedal (cm)35
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)0-1
Right (cm)0-1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)67
Rearward (cm)33
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)11

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF1311
Head
HIC-15305
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm)14
Maximum Nij 0.29
Chest maximum compression (mm)40
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)3.0
Femur force - right (kN)1.1
Knee displacement - left (mm)11
Knee displacement - right (mm)5
Maximum tibia index - left0.92
Maximum tibia index - right0.61
Tibia axial force - left (kN)3.0
Tibia axial force - right (kN)5.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left128
Right121

Applies to 2013-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
A
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 Xterra was redesigned for the 2005 model year. Side airbags became standard in 2009 (they were optional in 2005-08 models). Beginning with 2013 models, design changes were made to the side curtain airbags. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Nissan as part of side crash test verification. Because the vehicle structure did not change after 2005, structure ratings are based on this test as well as two earlier tests of 2007 Xterra models conducted by the Institute.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

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 vehicle2013 Nissan Xterra S 2wd
Weight 4,140 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase106 in.
Length179 in.
Width73 in.
Engine4.0 L V6
EPA ratings16 mpg city / 22 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0725CES0727VTS1228
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.
-17.5-17.0-16.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTS1228
Head HIC-15132
Neck
Tension (kN)1.2
Compression (kN)0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)42
Lateral force (kN)1.7
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)43
Average deflection (mm)40
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.30
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.59
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.8
Acetabulum force (kN)2.1
Combined force (kN)3.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.4
L-M moment (Nm)46
A-P moment (Nm) 96

Passenger injury measures

Test IDVTS1228
Head HIC-15158
Neck
Tension (kN)0.1
Compression (kN)0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)23
Lateral force (kN)1.1
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)24
Average deflection (mm)19
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.21
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.23
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.7
Acetabulum force (kN)2.2
Combined force (kN)3.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.5
L-M moment (Nm)34
A-P moment (Nm) 55

Applies to 2005-14 models

Overall evaluation
A
Curb weight4,322 lbs
Peak force14,165 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio3.28
Tested vehicle
2010 Nissan Xterra S 4-door 4wd
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 2010-14 models

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

Seat type

Manual cloth seats (AHR)

How this test is conducted

Seat typeManual cloth seats (AHR)
Geometry
Backset (mm)50
Distance below top of head (mm)51
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)11.6
Head contact time (ms)52
Force ratingHigh
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)230
Max neck tension (N)781

Applies to 2013-15 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

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