Earning the top safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is no easy task. In order to earn the “Top Safety Pick” rating, vehicles must earn “Good” ratings in five categories: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints. Vehicles must also earn a “Basic” rating in the front crash prevention category.
To earn the coveted “Top Safety Pick+” rating, vehicles must earn a “Good” rating in all five crash categories as well as an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating in front crash prevention. Only the safest vehicles on the road earn either of these two ratings. Several Nissan vehicles proved themselves to be the best of the best and for good reason.
The 2016 Nissan Rogue earned a “Top Safety Pick” rating. Equipped with Forward Collision Warning, this small SUV earned a “Basic” rating for front crash prevention. This marks the third year in a row that the Nissan Rogue has earned one of the highest safety ratings available.
As one of the most popular midsize sedans, the 2016 Nissan Altima was bound to get a top score. Earning a “Top Safety Pick+,” this car earned a “Superior” in front crash prevention when equipped with Forward Collision Warning and the low- and high-speed autobrakes were tested. The rating is an improvement over last year’s model which only earned the “Top Safety Pick” rating.
Following the Altima, the 2016 Nissan Maxima earned a “Top Safety Pick+” rating as well with identical scores to the Altima. Like its sibling, the Nissan Maxima made major improvements in safety compared to the last-tested 2014 model.
A midsize SUV, the 2016 Nissan Murano is a highly competitive vehicle to say the least. Further proving its worth with a “Top Safety Pick+” rating, the Nissan Murano earned a “Superior” rating in front crash prevention. With stats identical to the Maxima, it seems Nissan’s latest developments in safety technology are a hit. This is the second year in a row the Nissan Murano has earned the top score.
The 2016 Nissan Sentra earned a “Top Safety Pick+” rating as well, further solidifying the safety of Nissan’s vehicles throughout the brand’s lineup. With a “Superior” rating in front crash prevention, the Sentra performed nearly identical to the Altima in terms of safety. This is the first year forward crash prevention was tested in the Nissan Sentra and this small car passed with flying colors.