2004 Nissan Murano

midsize SUV / 4-door SUV

2004 Nissan Murano 4-door SUV
2003 Nissan Murano shown


Rating overview
Moderate overlap front: original test
Head restraints & seats


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Moderate overlap front: original test

Rating applies to 2004-07 models built after September 2003

Tested vehicle: 2003 Nissan Murano SL 4-door 4wd

The Nissan Murano was introduced in the 2003 model year.

All 2003 and later Murano models manufactured after June 2003 include structural changes to improve occupant protection in frontal offset crashes. In addition, Nissan modified a portion of the padding underneath the carpeting at the driver's right heel on 2004 and later models produced after September 2003 (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door).

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has evaluated the crashworthiness of a 2003 Murano with the structural modifications and retrofitted with the improved padding in a 40 mph frontal offset crash test into a deformable barrier.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
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 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.

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.

Extensive paint smears show where the dummy's head hit the side curtain airbag.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0323
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 6
Left (cm) 10
Center (cm) 11
Right (cm) 9
Brake pedal (cm) 13
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 4
Right (cm) 3
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 4
Rearward (cm) 1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 2

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF0323
HIC-15 517
Peak gs at hard contact 118
Tension (kN) 2.9
Extension bending moment (Nm) 23
Maximum Nij 0.47
Chest maximum compression (mm) 29
Femur force - left (kN) 0.4
Femur force - right (kN) 2.0
Knee displacement - left (mm) 1
Knee displacement - right (mm) 3
Maximum tibia index - left 0.40
Maximum tibia index - right 0.57
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 1.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 43
Right 74

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: All seats AHR

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type All seats AHR
Backset (mm) 75
Distance below top of head (mm) 82
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
Currently, IIHS tests apply only to front seats.

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