2012 Nissan Xterra

midsize SUV / 4-door SUV

2012 Nissan Xterra 4-door SUV
2007 Nissan Xterra 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 2005-12 models

Tested vehicle: 2007 Nissan Xterra S 4-door 4wd

The Nissan Xterra was redesigned for the 2005 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.

During rebound, the dummy's head hit only the head restraint as indicated by smeared greasepaint.

Forces on both lower legs and feet were high enough to indicate the possibility of injuries.

Side

Rating applies to 2009-12 models

Tested vehicle: 2007 Nissan Xterra S 4-door 4wd with optional front and rear head curtain airbags with optional front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Nissan Xterra was redesigned for the 2005 model year. Beginning with 2009 models, side airbags were made standard.

Two tests of a 2007 Xterra were conducted, one with optional side airbags for the driver and rear passenger, and one without. These vehicles are rated separately, except that the structural ratings for both vehicles are based on both tests.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier 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 curtain airbag.

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

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2005-15 models

Tested vehicle: 2010 Nissan Xterra S 4-door 4wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 4,322 lbs
Peak force 14,165 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 3.28

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2010-15 models

Seat type: Manual cloth seats AHR

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry