2012 Nissan Versa

small car / 4-door hatchback

2012 Nissan Versa 4-door hatchback
2008 Nissan Versa 4-door hatchback 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: 2007 Nissan Versa 1.8 SL 4-door hatchback

The Nissan Versa was introduced in the 2007 model year. The frontal offset crash test ratings apply to both the hatchback and sedan versions of the car through the 2011 model year. Beginning with 2012 models, the sedan was redesigned but the hatchback was not. Therefore the frontal offset ratings detailed below do not apply to the 2012 model sedan.

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.

A high head acceleration occurred when the dummy's head hit the steering wheel through the airbag.

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 CEF0613
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 7
Left (cm) 10
Center (cm) 10
Right (cm) 12
Brake pedal (cm) 12
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1
Right (cm) 3
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 1
Rearward (cm) -3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF0613
Head
HIC-15 492
Peak gs at hard contact 97
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm) 17
Maximum Nij 0.37
Chest maximum compression (mm) 29
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.4
Femur force - right (kN) 3.0
Knee displacement - left (mm) 3
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.30
Maximum tibia index - right 0.33
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.8
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 1.3
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 70
Right 54

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2011-12 models

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

The Nissan Versa was introduced in 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. However, because there were no significant side structural changes, the structure rating of the current model is based on both Nissan's test and an earlier Institute test of a 2007 model.

Note: The side ratings detailed below apply to both the hatchback and sedan versions of the car in the 2011 model year. Beginning with 2012 models, the sedan was redesigned but the hatchback was not. Therefore these ratings do not apply to the 2012 model sedan.

Rating applies to 2011-12 models

Tested vehicle:2011 Nissan Versa SL 4-door hatchback

The Nissan Versa was introduced in 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. However, because there were no significant side structural changes, the structure rating of the current model is based on both Nissan's test and an earlier Institute test of a 2007 model.

Note: The side ratings detailed below apply to both the hatchback and sedan versions of the car in the 2011 model year. Beginning with 2012 models, the sedan was redesigned but the hatchback was not. Therefore these ratings do not apply to the 2012 model sedan.

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 CES0642 VTS1014
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -6.5 -6.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES0642 VTS1014
Head HIC-15 445 508
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1 1.0
Compression (kN) 0.1 0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 29 50
Lateral force (kN) 1.7 1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 39 54
Average deflection (mm) 35 46
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.37 5.90
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.64 1.31
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.5 3.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 3.5 2.9
Combined force (kN) 5.8 6.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.6 0.3
L-M moment (Nm) 147 73
A-P moment (Nm) 54 105

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES0642 VTS1014
Head HIC-15 194 308
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.2 0.7
Compression (kN) 0.1 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 25 34
Lateral force (kN) 1.6 1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 32 33
Average deflection (mm) 20 30
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.30 4.00
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.38 0.42
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.5 0.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.9 1.8
Combined force (kN) 2.1 2.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.7 0.5
L-M moment (Nm) 78 39
A-P moment (Nm) 42 92

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2007-12 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Nissan Versa 1.6 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 2,552 lbs
Peak force 9,414 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 3.69

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2007-12 models

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) 60
Distance below top of head (mm) 60
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 13.2
Head contact time (ms) 65
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 77
Max neck tension (N) 543

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted