1998 Nissan Sentra

small car / 4-door sedan

1998 Nissan Sentra 4-door sedan


Rating overview
Moderate overlap front


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Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 1998-99 models

Tested vehicle: 1998 Nissan Sentra GXE 4-door

The Nissan Sentra was redesigned for the 1995 model year and structurally modified beginning with 1998 models to improve occupant protection in offset crashes.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics
Dummy movement was reasonably well controlled. During rebound, the dummy moved toward the driver door, then its head went through the open window and hit the B-pillar.

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

Although the roof rail began to buckle, the driver's upper interior survival space was maintained reasonably well.

Footwell and instrument panel intrusion contributed to the risk of injury to the left leg/knee and trapped the right foot.

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head hit the B-pillar during the offset test. High head acceleration was recorded from this hit.