2012 Nissan Sentra

small car / 4-door sedan

2012 Nissan Sentra 4-door sedan
2011 Nissan Sentra shown

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
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
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.

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

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

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2010-12 models

Seat type: Manual cloth seats AHR

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry