2024 Nissan Sentra

small car / 4-door sedan

2024 Nissan Sentra 4-door sedan
2022 Nissan Sentra shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Side: original test
Side: updated test

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights
Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-pedestrian (day)
Standard system
Advanced
Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-pedestrian (night)
Standard system
Basic

Seat belts & child restraints

LATCH ease of use
+

Other available safety features

  • Optional daytime running lights

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.

Side: original test

Rating applies to 2020-24 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

Side: updated test

Rating applies to 2020-24 models

Tested vehicle: 2022 Nissan Sentra 2.0 S 4-door

The Nissan Sentra was redesigned for the 2020 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis
Driver head protection
The dummy's head moved downward past the side curtain airbag and struck the window sill hard. The head protection is inadequate.
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis
Rear passenger head protection

View of the vehicle just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows that the driver dummy's head moved downward, past the side curtain airbag, and contacted the window sill.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbags.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES2231
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -14.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES2231
Head
HIC-15 387
Peak gs at hard contact 84
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.7
Compression (kN) 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 24
Lateral force (kN) 0.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 42
Average deflection (mm) 36
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 5.59
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 1.03
Pelvis
Combined force (kN) 4.8

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES2231
Head
HIC-15 182
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Compression (kN) 0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 28
Lateral force (kN) 1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 22
Average deflection (mm) 19
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.66
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.31
Pelvis
Combined force (kN) 3.8

How the side crash test is conducted

Headlights

Ratings are given for 2 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • SR trim
Low-beam headlight type LED reflector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and all 4 curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • SR trim
Low-beam headlight type LED reflector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2020-24 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 51.9 m None
Straightaway left edge 23.3 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 38.6 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 32.7 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 33.4 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 28.5 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 127.7 m
Straightaway left edge 81.6 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 55.0 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 49.8 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 45.9 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 39.5 m

Trim level(s)

  • S trim
  • SV trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and all 4 curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • S trim
  • SV trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2020-24 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 41.9 m None
Straightaway left edge 21.4 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 34.1 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 27.0 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 32.8 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 25.8 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 131.9 m
Straightaway left edge 107.8 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 55.3 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 51.2 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 45.6 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 42.2 m

How headlights are evaluated

Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-pedestrian (day)

System details

  • standard Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection

Overall evaluation

This rating applies to all 2020-24 models

Advanced
Advanced

Crossing child

  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 8 mph.

Crossing adult

  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.

Parallel adult

  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 37 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 36 mph. A warning was issued 1.9 seconds before impact.

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-pedestrian (night)

System details

  • standard Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection

Overall evaluation

Includes high-beam assist credit

This rating applies to 2022-24 models of the following trim lines: S trim, SV trim
Basic
Basic

Crossing adult

  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision when using its high beams. When using its low beams, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 8 mph when using its high beams. When using its low beams, impact speed was reduced by 1 mph.

Parallel adult

  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision when using its high beams. When using its low beams, impact speed was reduced by 24 mph.
  • In the 37 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 22 mph when using its high beams and a warning was issued 1.9 seconds before impact. When using its low beams, impact speed was reduced by 4 mph and a warning was issued 0.6 seconds before impact.

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2020-24 models

Overall evaluation
+
extra LATCH positions
Vehicle trim SV
Seat type cloth

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

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor and the ability to borrow lower anchors from the other seating positions.

Note: When anchors are borrowed, they aren't available to use in their designated positions.

Overall evaluation
+
extra LATCH positions
Vehicle trim SV
Seat type cloth
1 2 3
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
not 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
Can be borrowed from 1 and 3
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
Technical measurements for this test

Seat position 21

3

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 13
Clearance angle (degrees) 91
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 10
Clearance angle (degrees) 97
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 22

2

Lower anchor A
Lower latch is shared for this seat position
Lower anchor B
Lower latch is shared for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
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) 0-2
Force (lbs) 18
Clearance angle (degrees) 88
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 10
Clearance angle (degrees) 90
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

How child seat anchors are evaluated