2008 Nissan Altima

midsize car / 4-door sedan

2008 Nissan Altima 4-door sedan

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2007-12 models

Tested vehicle: 2007 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4-door
The Nissan Altima was redesigned for the 2007 model year. Two moderate overlap frontal tests of the Altima were conducted, one by the Institute and the other by Nissan as part of frontal crash test verification. Ratings are based on both tests.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the Institute's moderate overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well (Institute test car shown).

Intrusion into the driver's space was minimal in both tests, and all leg and foot injury measures were low.

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head brushed the side curtain airbag and dislodged headliner. This airbag did not deploy in the test conducted by Nissan.

Side

Rating applies to 2007-09 models

Tested vehicle: 2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4-door with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Nissan Altima was redesigned for the 2007 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain airbag.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2007-12 models

Tested vehicle: 2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,196 lbs
Peak force 12,111 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 3.79

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2007-08 models

Seat type: Manual cloth seats AHR

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry