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2015 Nissan Altima

midsize car / 4-door sedan

2015 Nissan Altima 4-door sedan
2013 Nissan Altima shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights(varies by trim/ option)
Front crash prevention
Not available

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

Other available safety features

  • Optional blind spot detection
  • Optional lane departure warning

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.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2013-15 models built after November 2012

Tested vehicle: 2013 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4-door

The Nissan Altima was redesigned for the 2013 model year. Beginning with 2013 models built after November 2012, structural changes were made to improve occupant protection in small overlap frontal crashes. (Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on the driver door or adjacent B-pillar.) The tested car was built after the structural changes were in place.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained reasonably well.

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury.

The door hinge pillar began to tear as the wheel and tire was pushed back, and this intrusion contributed to a high risk of injury to the left lower leg.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1231
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 23
Footrest (cm) 11
Left toepan (cm) 5
Brake pedal (cm) 3
Parking brake (cm) 14
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 0
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 0
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 6
Upper dash (cm) 11
Lower instrument panel (cm) 11

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1231
Head
HIC-15 143
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 7
Maximum Nij 0.21
Chest maximum compression (mm) 25
Femur (kN)
Left 1.7
Right 0.0
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 1
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 1.28
Right 0.34
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.9
Right 0.3
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 79
Right 98

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2013-18 models

Tested vehicle: 2013 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4-door

The Nissan Altima was redesigned for the 2013 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
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver 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).

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit only the head restraint in each test, as indicated by smeared greasepaint in the Institute's test.

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

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1206 CEF1208
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 5 6
Left (cm) 7 8
Center (cm) 7 7
Right (cm) 11 9
Brake pedal (cm) 10 12
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1 2
Right (cm) 3 3
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -7 -8
Rearward (cm) -1 -1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1206 CEF1208
Head
HIC-15 158 148
Peak gs at hard contact no contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.2 1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm) 15 19
Maximum Nij 0.24 0.23
Chest maximum compression (mm) 28 29
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.1 0.2
Femur force - right (kN) 0.2 0.4
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0 1
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.28 0.26
Maximum tibia index - right 0.38 0.52
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 0.9 1.3
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 1.3 1.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 42 53
Right 68 65

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2013-18 models

Tested vehicle: 2013 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV 4-door with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Nissan Altima was redesigned for the 2013 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Nissan as part of side crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1209
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -12.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1209
Head HIC-15 292
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Compression (kN) 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 29
Lateral force (kN) 1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 32
Average deflection (mm) 30
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.60
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.52
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.4
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.6
Combined force (kN) 3.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.3
L-M moment (Nm) 58
A-P moment (Nm) 204

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1209
Head HIC-15 159
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.3
Compression (kN) 0.6
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 37
Lateral force (kN) 1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 39
Average deflection (mm) 29
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.40
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.71
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.4
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.5
Combined force (kN) 1.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.4
L-M moment (Nm) 28
A-P moment (Nm) 160

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2013-18 models

Tested vehicle: 2013 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,115 lbs
Peak force 16,485 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.29

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2013-18 models

Seat type: Power cloth seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Power cloth seats
Geometry
Backset (mm) 2
Distance below top of head (mm) 38
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 13.1
Head contact time (ms) 49
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 266

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Headlights

Ratings are given for 2 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • SL 3.5L trim
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination Some glare

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on both right curves, fair on the sharp left curve and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams created some glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual right curve, fair on the sharp right and gradual left curves, and inadequate on the sharp left curve.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • SL 3.5L trim
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2015 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 77.9 m None
Straightaway left edge 52.8 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 69.9 m None
250m radius left curve, right edge 50.7 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 57.7 m 8.2 %
150m radius left curve, left edge 48.2 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 159.6 m
Straightaway left edge 105.6 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 79.2 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 67.6 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 63.6 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 54.7 m

Trim level(s)

  • Base trim
  • S trim
  • SV trim
  • SL 2.5L trim
  • Special Edition trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Base trim
  • S trim
  • SV trim
  • SL 2.5L trim
  • Special Edition trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2015 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 89.1 m None
Straightaway left edge 26.4 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 47.0 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 32.8 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 35.5 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 29.0 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 165.0 m
Straightaway left edge 126.5 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 63.9 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 58.9 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 52.1 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 46.7 m

How headlights are evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2015 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim 2.5 S
Seat type cloth

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

1 2 3
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
too much force needed to attach
difficult to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
too much force needed to attach
difficult to maneuver around anchors
Technical measurements for this test

Seat position 21

3

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 25
Clearance angle (degrees) 50
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 40
Clearance angle (degrees) 45
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 22

2

Lower anchor A
No lower latch for this seat position
Lower anchor B
No lower latch for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 49
Clearance angle (degrees) 47
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 37
Clearance angle (degrees) 53
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

How child seat anchors are evaluated