Top Safety Pick

2012 Nissan Leaf

small car / 4-door hatchback

2012 Nissan Leaf 4-door hatchback
2011 Nissan Leaf shown

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 2011-12 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Nissan Leaf SV 4-door
The Nissan Leaf was introduced in the 2011 model year. The car is a plug-in battery-electric vehicle with no gasoline or diesel engine to help power the car. It has an average range of 73 miles according to the EPA, beyond which the battery must be recharged.

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 frontal offset 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 very well.

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head contacted the side curtain airbag during rebound.

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

Side

Rating applies to 2011-12 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Nissan Leaf SV 4-door with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
The Nissan Leaf was introduced in the 2011 model year. The car is a plug-in battery-electric vehicle with no gasoline or diesel engine to help power the car. It has an average range of 73 miles according to the EPA, beyond which the battery must be recharged.

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 2011-17 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Nissan Leaf SV 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,339 lbs
Peak force 18,316 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.49

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2011-12 models

Seat type: Manual cloth seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry