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Several Key Nissan Models Receive Top Marks from IIHS

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released crash test results for several vehicles, including some key Nissan models. Many of those Nissans received Top Safety Pick Plus designations, the IIHS' highest award.


IIHS awarded the all-new 2016 Nissan Maxima a "Top Safety Pick Plus" (TSP+) safety rating, which is the group’s highest designation. The 2016 Nissan Maxima joins the previously announced 2016 Murano with the TSP+ rating. The Maxima scored "Good" in all five TSP categories and earned TSP+ status with a "Superior" rating for front crash prevention for those models equipped with Forward Emergency Braking.

The 2016 Nissan Sentra joins the 2016 Rogue in earning an IIHS "Top Safety Pick" rating. The 2016 Sentra, which goes on sale in January, will offer Forward Emergency Braking. Once that system is tested by IIHS the Sentra has the potential to be upgraded to a TSP+ rating. Nissan’s top selling 2016 Altima (pictured above) will undergo IIHS testing next month with the possibility of achieving a TSP+ rating as well.

The IIHS now requires a "Good" rating on all five of its crash test categories in order to be awarded a Top Safety Pick (previously, an "average" of Good was the requirement). To earn the added Plus designation, vehicles must have the TSP rating and receive an Advanced or better rating on front crash prevention technologies.

"Nissan is proud to again have our core vehicles recognized by IIHS for vehicle safety," said Pierre Loing, vice president, Product Strategy and Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA). "The new Maxima, like the Murano, is setting high standards in its class for styling, performance and interior refinement. The 2016 Nissan Rogue and Sentra demonstrate Nissan’s commitment to high quality and safety standards, and we are gratified that these outstanding vehicles have been recognized for excellent design."