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2015 Nissan Pathfinder

midsize SUV / 4-door SUV

2015 Nissan Pathfinder 4-door SUV

Crashworthiness

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

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Front crash prevention
Not available

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

Other available safety features

  • Optional blind spot detection

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 2015-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2015 Nissan Pathfinder SV 4-door 4wd

The Nissan Pathfinder was redesigned for the 2013 model year, and the Infiniti JX35, a luxury version of the Pathfinder, was introduced in the 2013 model year. Beginning with 2014 models, the JX35 was renamed the QX60. Beginning with 2015 models of both the Pathfinder and QX60, the front-end structure was modified to improve occupant protection in small overlap frontal crashes.

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 driver-side 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 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 driver's space was maintained well, and risk of injuries to the dummy's legs and feet was low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1447
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 14
Footrest (cm) 9
Left toepan (cm) 4
Brake pedal (cm) 5
Parking brake (cm) 12
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 3
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 3
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 7
Upper dash (cm) 7
Lower instrument panel (cm) 10

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1447
Head
HIC-15 39
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 7
Maximum Nij 0.16
Chest maximum compression (mm) 15
Femur (kN)
Left 2.3
Right 0.1
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 5
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.52
Right 0.37
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 0.8
Right 0.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 41
Right 27

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Small overlap front: passenger-side

Rating applies to 2015-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2018 Nissan Pathfinder S 4-door 4wd

The Nissan Pathfinder was redesigned for the 2013 model year, and the Infiniti JX35, a luxury version of the Pathfinder, was introduced in the 2013 model year. Beginning with 2014 models, the JX35 was renamed the QX60. Beginning with 2015 models of both the Pathfinder and QX60, the front-end structure was modified to improve occupant protection in small overlap frontal crashes.

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

Action shot taken during the passenger-side small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame and dashboard after the crash test indicates that the passenger’s survival space was not maintained well.

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

Despite intrusion of the door hinge pillar and dashboard, risk of injuries to the dummy's legs and feet was low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on passenger side

Test ID CEP1812
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 25
Footrest (cm) 18
Right toepan (cm) 12
Center toepan (cm) 4
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 2
Upper occupant compartment
Center dash (cm) 10
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 21
Upper dash (cm) 15
Right lower dash (cm) 13

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CEP1812
Head
HIC-15 33
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Extension bending moment (Nm) 13
Maximum Nij 0.18
Chest maximum compression (mm) 12
Femur (kN)
Left 1.7
Right 5.0
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 6
Right 6
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 3
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.55
Right 0.60
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.3
Right 2.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 53
Right 38

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEP1812
Head
HIC-15 34
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 7
Maximum Nij 0.16
Chest maximum compression (mm) 22
Femur (kN)
Left 0.0
Right 0.0
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.16
Right 0.14
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 0.2
Right 0.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 21
Right 27

How the passenger-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2013-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 4-door 4wd

The Nissan Pathfinder was redesigned for the 2013 model year, and the Infiniti JX35, a luxury version of the Pathfinder, was introduced in the 2013 model year. Beginning with 2014 models, the JX35 was renamed the QX60.

Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on two tests conducted by Nissan as part of frontal crash test verification. The first test was conducted on a 2013 model Pathfinder and the second test on a 2014 model Pathfinder. Ratings apply to both model years, but the vehicle specifications are for the 2014 model.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1211 VTF1314
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 6 7
Left (cm) 12 12
Center (cm) 9 9
Right (cm) 7 9
Brake pedal (cm) 16 2
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 3 2
Right (cm) 3 4
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 0 0
Rearward (cm) 2 3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1211 VTF1314
Head
HIC-15 293 124
Peak gs at hard contact 22 no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.5 1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm) 33 14
Maximum Nij 0.30 0.24
Chest maximum compression (mm) 41 35
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 3.0 0.2
Femur force - right (kN) 0.6 0.8
Knee displacement - left (mm) 3 2
Knee displacement - right (mm) 3 2
Maximum tibia index - left 0.50 0.48
Maximum tibia index - right 0.40 0.53
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.5 1.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 1.4 1.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 122 104
Right 50 68

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2014-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Nissan Pathfinder SV 4-door 4wd with standard head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Nissan Pathfinder was redesigned for the 2013 model year, and the Infiniti JX35, a luxury version of the Pathfinder, was introduced in the 2013 model year. Beginning with 2014 models, the JX35 was renamed the QX60, and both the Pathfinder and QX60 received side curtain airbag and rear door structural modifications to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes. 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 VTS1309
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -10.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1309
Head HIC-15 278
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.4
Compression (kN) 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 30
Lateral force (kN) 1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 32
Average deflection (mm) 26
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.90
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.34
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.5
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.2
Combined force (kN) 4.5
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.1
L-M moment (Nm) 135
A-P moment (Nm) 24

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1309
Head HIC-15 63
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.2
Compression (kN) 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 23
Lateral force (kN) 1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 23
Average deflection (mm) 19
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.80
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.25
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.9
Acetabulum force (kN) 0.7
Combined force (kN) 1.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.3
L-M moment (Nm) 66
A-P moment (Nm) 48

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2015-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2015 Nissan Pathfinder SV 4-door 4wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 4,431 lbs
Peak force 20,719 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.68

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2013-18 models

Seat type: Power cloth seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Power cloth seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 7
Distance below top of head (mm) 10
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 11.1
Head contact time (ms) 61
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 407

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2015-17 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim SV
Seat type cloth

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

It has 2 additional seating positions with a tether anchor only.

1 2 3 6 4
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
not too much force needed to attach
easy 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
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
4
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
Technical measurements for this test

Seat position 21

3

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 17
Clearance angle (degrees) 61
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 18
Clearance angle (degrees) 62
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
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 Middle seatback
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) 15
Clearance angle (degrees) 68
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 13
Clearance angle (degrees) 63
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 33

4

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

How child seat anchors are evaluated