The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released its testing results for the 2017 Nissan Titan. The full-size pickup truck struggled with the small overlap front crash test, earning only a marginal rating (out of a possible good, acceptable, marginal or poor).
IIHS admitted that the small overlap front crash test is the most difficult in its battery of crash tests, but since the test was introduced in 2012, manufacturers have been able to change the designs of their vehicles to perform better at it. The test is designed to replicate a crash with a tree or pole, or an off-center impact with another vehicle. Two other model-year 2017 pickups performed well on the small overlap front test: Both the Honda Ridgeline and Ford F-150 earned a good rating.
The Titan's less-than-stellar results came from cabin intrusion during the crash, which IIHS said would likely result in left lower leg injuries, along with possible injuries to the left foot and right lower leg.
On the other four IIHS crash tests, the 2017 Titan received good ratings across the board but got only a marginal rating for both of its available headlight systems; no front crash prevention systems are offered on the Titan. To see a full IIHS breakdown of the Titan's performance, click here.