2021 Nissan Titan

large pickup / Extended cab pickup

2021 Nissan Titan Extended cab pickup
2020 Nissan Titan shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Small overlap front: passenger-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights
Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle
Standard system
Superior
Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-pedestrian
Standard system
Superior

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 2020-21 models

Tested vehicle: 2020 Nissan Titan SV Crew Cab

The Nissan Titan Crew Cab (light-duty pickup with a gasoline engine) was redesigned for the 2017 model year after a one-year absence from the market. Beginning with 2017 models built after August 2017, the front-end structure was modified to improve occupant protection in small overlap crashes.

Further improvements were implemented beginning with 2020 models to include new side airbags, driver and passenger frontal airbags, and driver-side knee airbags. Additionally, new rear seatbelts were added and changes were made to the front frame structure, hinge pillar, roof rail, and lower sill. (Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on the driver door or adjacent B-pillar.)

Driver-side small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test of a 2020 Nissan Titan 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 VTN2009
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 20
Footrest (cm) 11
Left toepan (cm) 2
Brake pedal (cm) 11
Parking brake (cm) 17
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 3
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 3
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 8
Upper dash (cm) 9
Lower instrument panel (cm) 8

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTN2009
Head
HIC-15 55
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Extension bending moment (Nm) 10
Maximum Nij 0.21
Chest maximum compression (mm) 28
Femur (kN)
Left 2.2
Right 1.1
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 2
Right 4
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.79
Right 0.48
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.1
Right 0.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 69
Right 48

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Small overlap front: passenger-side

Rating applies to 2021 models built after September 2020

Tested vehicle: 2021 Nissan Titan SV King Cab

The Nissan Titan King Cab (light-duty pickup with a gasoline engine) was redesigned for the 2017 model year after a one-year absence from the market. Beginning with 2017 models built after August 2017, the front-end structure was modified to improve occupant protection in small overlap crashes.

Further improvements were implemented beginning with 2020 models to include new side airbags, driver and passenger frontal airbags, and driver-side knee airbags. Additionally, new rear seatbelts were added and changes were made to the front frame structure, hinge pillar, roof rail, and lower sill.

Beginning with 2021 models built after September 2020, passenger-side knee airbags were added to improve occupant protection in passenger-side small overlap frontal crashes. (Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on the driver door or adjacent B-pillar.)

Passenger-side small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test of a 2021 Nissan Titan 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 VTP2015
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 17
Footrest (cm) 17
Right toepan (cm) 13
Center toepan (cm) 8
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 4
Upper occupant compartment
Center dash (cm) 12
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 16
Upper dash (cm) 14
Right lower dash (cm) 12

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTP2015
Head
HIC-15 98
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.6
Extension bending moment (Nm) 24
Maximum Nij 0.28
Chest maximum compression (mm) 20
Femur (kN)
Left 0.6
Right 2.7
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 2
Right 4
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.44
Right 0.51
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.3
Right 1.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 91
Right 105

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTP2015
Head
HIC-15 50
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.6
Extension bending moment (Nm) 9
Maximum Nij 0.16
Chest maximum compression (mm) 29
Femur (kN)
Left 0.3
Right 0.4
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.32
Right 0.22
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.0
Right 0.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 21
Right 46

How the passenger-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2020-21 models

Tested vehicle: 2020 Nissan Titan SV Crew Cab

The Nissan Titan Crew Cab (light-duty pickup with a gasoline engine) was redesigned for the 2017 model year after a one-year absence from the market. Beginning with 2017 models built after August 2017, the front-end structure was modified to improve occupant protection in small overlap crashes.

Further improvements were implemented beginning with 2020 models to include new side airbags, driver and passenger frontal airbags, and driver-side knee airbags. Additionally, new rear seatbelts were added and reinforcements were made to the front frame structure, hinge pillar, roof rail, and lower sill. (Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on the driver door or adjacent B-pillar.)

Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test of a 2020 Nissan Titan 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 VTF2010
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 6
Left (cm) 6
Center (cm) 9
Right (cm) 11
Brake pedal (cm) 8
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 2
Right (cm) 3
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -6
Rearward (cm) -3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) -1

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF2010
Head
HIC-15 244
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm) 21
Maximum Nij 0.25
Chest maximum compression (mm) 33
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 1.5
Femur force - right (kN) 1.6
Knee displacement - left (mm) 3
Knee displacement - right (mm) 9
Maximum tibia index - left 0.45
Maximum tibia index - right 0.86
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 3.3
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 4.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 108
Right 92

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2020-21 models

Tested vehicle: 2020 Nissan Titan SV Extended Cab

The Nissan Titan King Cab (light-duty pickup with a gasoline engine) was redesigned for the 2017 model year after a one-year absence from the market.

Beginning with 2020 models new side airbags, driver and passenger frontal airbags, and driver-side knee airbags were added to improve occupant protection in frontal and side crashes. Additionally, new rear seatbelts were added and reinforcements were made to the roof rail and lower sill. (Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on the driver door or adjacent B-pillar.)

Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on three tests of the Nissan Titan, one conducted by the Institute and two by Nissan as part of side crash test verification. Because the structure was not changed, the structure rating is based on this test and two tests of the Nissan Titan conducted by Nissan.

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

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 where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side airbags.

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

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS2010 VTS1826 CES2001
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -18.0 -17.5 -13.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS2010 CES2001
Head HIC-15 122 150
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0 1.2
Compression (kN) 1.0 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 32 39
Lateral force (kN) 1.7 1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 40 39
Average deflection (mm) 37 36
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.28 4.16
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.73 0.67
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.0 1.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.3 1.5
Combined force (kN) 3.3 3.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.7 0.8
L-M moment (Nm) 108 116
A-P moment (Nm) -18 -16

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS2010 CES2001
Head HIC-15 137 75
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.6 0.6
Compression (kN) 0.2 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 33 36
Lateral force (kN) 1.5 1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 36 37
Average deflection (mm) 29 30
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.53 4.84
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.43 0.55
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.7 1.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.9 2.7
Combined force (kN) 4.3 4.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.5 0.5
L-M moment (Nm) 86 74
A-P moment (Nm) -24 19

How the side crash test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: Manual cloth seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Manual cloth seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 30
Distance below top of head (mm) 18
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 14.4
Head contact time (ms) 52
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 379

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted
Currently, IIHS tests apply only to front seats.

Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle

System details

  • Standard Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection

Overall evaluation

Applies to 2020-21 models

Superior
Superior
  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-pedestrian

Trim level(s)

  • All trims

System details

  • Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection

Overall evaluation

Applies to 2020-21 models

Superior
Superior

Crossing child

  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 24 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, this vehicle avoided a collision. A warning was issued 1.9 seconds before impact.

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Headlights

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

Trim level(s)

  • S trim
  • SV trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
High-beam headlight type Halogen 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 fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams created excessive glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. 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 reflector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2020-21 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 80.2 m 88.4 %
Straightaway left edge 53.6 m 88.4 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 49.3 m 32.7 %
250m radius left curve, left edge 45.9 m 79.3 %
150m radius right curve, right edge 43.3 m 34.5 %
150m radius left curve, left edge 40.0 m 51.5 %
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 116.2 m
Straightaway left edge 86.6 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 61.9 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 57.7 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 49.9 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 45.3 m

Trim level(s)

  • PRO-4X 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 good on the left side of the road and fair on the right side. On curves, visibility was good on both right curves and fair on both left curves.

The low beams created excessive glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual right and gradual left curves and fair on the sharp right and sharp left curves.

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)
  • PRO-4X trim
Low-beam headlight type LED reflector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2020-21 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 91.2 m 63.1 %
Straightaway left edge 57.9 m 63.1 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 66.5 m 4.4 %
250m radius left curve, right edge 57.6 m 447.9 %
150m radius right curve, right edge 55.8 m 13.1 %
150m radius left curve, left edge 53.2 m 615.1 %
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 163.0 m
Straightaway left edge 148.5 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 82.9 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 76.6 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 64.9 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 61.5 m

How headlights are evaluated