2020 Nissan Sentra

small car / 4-door sedan

2020 Nissan Sentra 4-door sedan

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Small overlap front: passenger-side
Moderate overlap front
Side

Other available safety features

  • Optional daytime running lights
  • 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 2020 models

Tested vehicle: 2020 Nissan Sentra SV 4-door

The Nissan Sentra was redesigned for the 2020 model year. Driver-side small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Nissan as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTN2005
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 12
Footrest (cm) 18
Left toepan (cm) 7
Brake pedal (cm) 6
Parking brake (cm) 11
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 2
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 0
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 4
Upper dash (cm) 7
Lower instrument panel (cm) 8

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTN2005
Head
HIC-15 89
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.2
Extension bending moment (Nm) 9
Maximum Nij 0.23
Chest maximum compression (mm) 37
Femur (kN)
Left 1.5
Right 0.7
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 1
Right 2
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.60
Right 0.35
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.9
Right 1.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 59
Right 59

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Small overlap front: passenger-side

Rating applies to 2020 models

Tested vehicle: 2020 Nissan Sentra SV 4-door

The Nissan Sentra was redesigned for the 2020 model year. Passenger-side small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Nissan as part of frontal crash test verification.

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
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on passenger side

Test ID VTP2004
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 17
Footrest (cm) 13
Right toepan (cm) 9
Center toepan (cm) 5
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 0
Upper occupant compartment
Center dash (cm) 7
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 7
Upper dash (cm) 10
Right lower dash (cm) 9

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTP2004
Head
HIC-15 282
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm) 31
Maximum Nij 0.39
Chest maximum compression (mm) 18
Femur (kN)
Left 1.4
Right 2.4
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 4
Right 7
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.60
Right 0.46
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.8
Right 1.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 43
Right 40

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTP2004
Head
HIC-15 97
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm) 11
Maximum Nij 0.22
Chest maximum compression (mm) 32
Femur (kN)
Left 0.4
Right 0.7
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.21
Right 0.33
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.5
Right 0.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 30
Right 38

How the passenger-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2020 models

Tested vehicle: 2020 Nissan Sentra SV 4-door

The Nissan Sentra was redesigned for the 2020 model year. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Nissan as part of frontal crash test verification.

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 VTF2005
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 3
Left (cm) 9
Center (cm) 6
Right (cm) 4
Brake pedal (cm) 3
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 2
Right (cm) 3
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 1
Rearward (cm) -2
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF2005
Head
HIC-15 296
Peak gs at hard contact 83
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 12
Maximum Nij 0.24
Chest maximum compression (mm) 36
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 1.0
Femur force - right (kN) 1.1
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 2
Maximum tibia index - left 0.46
Maximum tibia index - right 0.49
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.4
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 63
Right 54

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2020 models

Tested vehicle: 2020 Nissan Sentra S 4-door

The Nissan Sentra was redesigned for the 2020 model year. 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 VTS2004
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -15.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS2004
Head HIC-15 140
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.7
Compression (kN) 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 15
Lateral force (kN) 0.9
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 32
Average deflection (mm) 28
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.74
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.47
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.0
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.7
Combined force (kN) 2.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.5
L-M moment (Nm) 171
A-P moment (Nm) 52

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS2004
Head HIC-15 69
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.3
Compression (kN) 0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 12
Lateral force (kN) 0.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 24
Average deflection (mm) 18
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 5.39
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.55
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.3
Combined force (kN) 1.3
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.5
L-M moment (Nm) 166
A-P moment (Nm) -21

How the side crash test is conducted