2006 Nissan Maxima

midsize car / 4-door sedan

2006 Nissan Maxima 4-door sedan
2005 Nissan Maxima shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
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 2004-08 models

Tested vehicle: 2004 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SE 4-door

The Nissan Maxima was redesigned for the 2004 model year.

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 frontal offset crash test; the side curtain airbag and side chest airbag on the driver side inflated during the crash.

The energy of the crash was absorbed by the front end of the car, preserving the driver's survival space well.

Both side airbags deployed for the driver dummy. The large curtain airbag kept the dummy's head away from the B-pillar and roof rail.

Intrusion into the driver's space was minimal, and forces on the legs and feet were low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0407
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 8
Left (cm) 9
Center (cm) 12
Right (cm) 12
Brake pedal (cm) 12
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 3
Right (cm) 3
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 4
Rearward (cm) 3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF0407
Head
HIC-15 170
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 10
Maximum Nij 0.18
Chest maximum compression (mm) 28
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.1
Femur force - right (kN) 2.6
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 2
Maximum tibia index - left 0.44
Maximum tibia index - right 0.46
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 44
Right 53

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2004-08 models

Tested vehicle: 2005 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SE 4-door with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Nissan Maxima was redesigned for the 2004 model year.

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

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.

Action shot taken during the side impact crash test showing 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.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES0510
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -1.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES0510
Head HIC-15 372
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Compression (kN) 0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 53
Lateral force (kN) 1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 60
Average deflection (mm) 56
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 6.25
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 1.60
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 3.0
Combined force (kN) 4.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.5
L-M moment (Nm) 301
A-P moment (Nm) 26

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES0510
Head HIC-15 205
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Compression (kN) 0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 36
Lateral force (kN) 2.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 29
Average deflection (mm) 18
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 1.68
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.29
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.8
Combined force (kN) 2.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.9
L-M moment (Nm) 89
A-P moment (Nm) -60

How the side crash test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: Cloth seats AHR

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Cloth seats AHR
Geometry
Backset (mm) 130
Distance below top of head (mm) 72
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Fail
Max T1 acceleration (g) 0.0
Head contact time (ms)
Force rating 0
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)
Max neck tension (N)

Seat type: Leather seats AHR

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Leather seats AHR
Geometry
Backset (mm) 98
Distance below top of head (mm) 72
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Fail
Max T1 acceleration (g) 0.0
Head contact time (ms)
Force rating 0
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)
Max neck tension (N)

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted