The redesigned Nissan Titan has been getting a lot of praise, but its crash test results are nothing to be proud of.
The all-new pickup truck earned a marginal rating on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s small overlap front crash test.
The most difficult of the IIHS crashworthiness tests, the small overlap test replicates what happens when the front, driver-side corner of a vehicle hits another vehicle or an object like a tree or utility pole. On the new Nissan Titan, the driver space wasn’t maintained well, with intrusion reaching 11 inches at the lower door hinge pillar. According to IIHS, measures taken from the driver dummy indicated that injuries to the left lower leg would be likely in a real-world crash of the same severity. Left foot and right lower leg injuries are also possible.
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The pickup truck did earn good ratings in the other crash tests: moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints. Nissan doesn’t offer the Titan with any available front crash prevention system, and IIHS says both available headlight systems are rated marginal.
The Titan’s performance contrasts the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, which was awarded a Top Safety Pick+ award from IIHS. So far, the Ridgeline is the only pickup to earn the 2017 award from IIHS, although it is the third to achieve good ratings in all five of the crash tests, following the Ford F-150 crew cab and extended cab models.
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