The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has ran the new 2014 Nissan Rogue through its set of crash tests, and the updated crossover garnered the highest rating possible.
To earn the highest rating, known as Top Safety Pick Plus, a vehicle must earn a ‘good’ rating (good is the best possible outcome) in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint evaluations, while it must score either a good or acceptable in the new small overlap test.
New for 2014, all vehicles must now achieve a basic, advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention to qualify for the Top Safety Pick Plus. Thanks the the Rogue’s optional forward collision warning system, the crossover achieved a basic rating for front crash prevention.
The IIHS reports that the test dummy’s space was maintained “reasonably well” in the small overlap test, and that the dummy’s head made good contact with the airbag which stayed in position throughout the crash. Those factors allowed the Rogue to take a ‘good’ rating in the small overlap test.
This is a large improvement over the previous generation Rogue, which was rated as marginal in the small overlap test and acceptable in the roof strength evaluation. That model is still on sale as the Rogue Select.
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