2011 Nissan Sentra

small car / 4-door sedan

2011 Nissan Sentra 4-door sedan

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 2007-12 models

Tested vehicle: 2008 Nissan Sentra 2.0 S 4-door

The Nissan Sentra was redesigned for the 2007 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 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.

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.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0821
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 10
Left (cm) 12
Center (cm) 11
Right (cm) 7
Brake pedal (cm) 15
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 2
Right (cm) 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 3
Rearward (cm) 0
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF0821
Head
HIC-15 158
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Extension bending moment (Nm) 18
Maximum Nij 0.25
Chest maximum compression (mm) 0
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.3
Femur force - right (kN) 2.3
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 4
Maximum tibia index - left 0.31
Maximum tibia index - right 0.41
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.4
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 41
Right 66

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2011-12 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Nissan Sentra SL 4-door with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Nissan Sentra was redesigned for the 2007 model year. Beginning with 2011 models, Nissan made design changes to the side curtain airbags. 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 VTS1008
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -2.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1008
Head HIC-15 674
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Compression (kN) 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 54
Lateral force (kN) 2.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 36
Average deflection (mm) 31
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.40
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.48
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.9
Acetabulum force (kN) 3.0
Combined force (kN) 4.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.8
L-M moment (Nm) 114
A-P moment (Nm) 82

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1008
Head HIC-15 132
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.6
Compression (kN) 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 40
Lateral force (kN) 1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 36
Average deflection (mm) 31
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 5.30
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.54
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.5
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.8
Combined force (kN) 2.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.0
L-M moment (Nm) 45
A-P moment (Nm) 192

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2007-12 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Nissan Sentra S 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 2,971 lbs
Peak force 10,207 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 3.44

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: Manual cloth seats AHR

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Manual cloth seats AHR
Geometry
Backset (mm) 52
Distance below top of head (mm) 34
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 10.9
Head contact time (ms) 59
Force rating 2
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 118
Max neck tension (N) 562

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted