2017 Nissan Titan Struggles in IIHS Crash Test

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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.

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Comments

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JUNK

These accidents are some of the most horrific accidents that occur on the road today. You take a car that was built even 5 years ago and the driver (and possibly the passenger sitting behind the driver) was almost certainly dead.

Not excusing Nissan, but if we can step away from hot takes for a second, the fact that the worst of these performers among fullsize pickup trucks is primarily injuries contained to the lower extremities is an absolutely monumental achievement.

Did better then the 2015 wussy f150 truck before they got caught and had to add more steel to their beer cans.

http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/vehicle/v/ford/f-150-extended-cab-pickup/2015

Look at the picture with the beer can wussy truck all folded up and out of shape unlike the Titan.

This is like facebook with these headlines they come up with now. first off, it passes with top marks in all other categories. and gets a moderate in small overlap. Headlights are great compared to previous gen trucks. I mean really great. Your all reporting like its a death trap. get a life. Its on par or better than all other trucks available except the new F150 that has been reinforced for this type of accident. even through last year it failed. oh and the ridgline passes. wooo hooo for the ridgeline. to bad a El Camino is more of a truck than it. The reporting is getting silly. Not just this article but many articles for many vehicles. Oooh Candy!

That sucks for a brand new designed truck - so who got a lower crash rating? RAM or Nissan...Ford is N0.1 as usual...heh heh heh

Ford needs it. headlight rating is so bad ford drivers keep running into things. he he he

Leave it to ford to add reinforcement just to pass the tests. What if in a crash it missed that extra steel bar that ford strategically placed... say good bye ford driver..

As I have posted elsewhere, on this blog meeting Global Safety standards is now a big issue for US manufacturers
Ford Mustang a " halo" vehicle for Ford globally.has failed miserably in crash testing by the ENCAP, European Testing Authority. Results by any standards were pathetic
http://www.caradvice.com.au/516889/ford-mustang-gets-two-star-ancap-crash-rating/

Maybe all US manufacturers should have a big rethink on safety

I don't know.. I think it is an improvement, looks better smashed up.

As I have posted elsewhere, on this blog meeting Global Safety standards is now a big issue for US manufacturers
Ford Mustang a " halo" vehicle for Ford globally.has failed miserably in crash testing by the ENCAP, European Testing Authority. Results by any standards were pathetic
http://www.caradvice.com.au/516889/ford-mustang-gets-two-star-ancap-crash-rating/

Maybe all US manufacturers should have a big rethink on safety

Posted by: Robert Ryan | Jan 25, 2017 6:01:58 PM

It's not yet standard on Mustang to have crash avoidance software, I mean how dumb can you be down under. NEVERMIND

Wait til next year, then you can drive your mustang into a wall and it will stop itself.

HAHA Ford poopstain only gets 2 stars weak!!!!!!!!

Not unexpected since the cab is carried over from the old truck, that said Nissan should have spent the money to do it right ss it really USA nice truck.

@Lionel: the only reason the Ford is ahead of Ram is because Ford happens to have the newest design. So in 2009 when both were newly designed, the Ram had the better head on crash results, and Ford did better on side impact. Before that, Ford was about the worst. So they came a long way, but for sure they haven't "always been" at the top.

Why hasn't Colorado and redesigned Tacoma been tested yet?

@ TRX; thanks for the history lesson & pointing out RAM now has a 7 yr old platform & still the most unsafe truck in the market today...no wonder they are dirt cheap. You can even rent one at Alamo now...:-)

@Frank
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It's not yet standard on Mustang to have crash avoidance software, I mean how dumb can you be down under. NEVERMIND

Wait til next year, then you can drive your mustang into a wall and it will stop itself.
"

Will not have to worry about running into a wall, they will not be able to sell it outside NA.
Unless Ford does something dramatically, it will be gone.

If Titan sales weren't low enough already. Sheeesh... This has got to be one of the biggest PUT fails I have seen in decades. Everything from looks/appeal, price, design, marketing, sales, and now safety.
I ask again, has ANYONE lost their job at Nissan Truck division over this truck yet?

Titan is going to need lots o $ on the hood to sell, would have thought this would get acceptable at the least.

I am a better driver than most so I will never have a crash

also no other truck can match the Titan's 5 year bumper to bumper warranty

For a truck a heavy as the Titan, there is no excuse NOT to ace a test that has been in place since development began. Sure, its a brutal test that forces vehicles to become heavier again, but it is also very realistic and showed how poorly many well regarded vehicles of the previous generation did.

@MR know it all weight is the enemy in a test like this, the heavier the vehicle the more crash energy that needs to be absorbed. You want a strong reinforced cab but the truck should be lighter.

@Robert Ryan,

I was only joking with you, my apologies. Next year, they will add the updates and hoping the crash ratings get better for you guys down there.

@Joe- the steel has to be in the right places- since Nissan clearly did NOT build a light-weight truck, there is no reason the appropriate re-enforcements shouldn't have been in the front corners.

Take a f150 and this Titan and put them in a headon offset crash together, now choose which truck you want to be in.

Every truck with the exception of the new f150 and Honda Ridgeline all received a marginal rating. The f150 had to be modified, the GM twins had a redesign and facelift since the inception of the small overlap test and yet they still received a marginal rating. The Ram and tundra are both marginal. Now this doesn't excuse Nissan. Hopefully they step to the plate and fix the issue.

Regardless Joe Ford didn't do too great without adding cross arms to all their models.

IIHS: Insurance Institute for Higher Surcharges
That test is a no-overlap test. There is no engagement of the [intended] crumple zone. The name is a misnomer.

Actually the F150 did not have to be modified. In Fords infinite wisdom they decided to install the wheel blocker cross arm on the high volume 4 door version only. In 2016 that arm was then installed on the extended cab also. Not sure about the single cab. So no modifications. Production changes were made.
Posted by: Joe Smith | Jan 26, 2017 2:09:17 PM

Creative explanation. Unfortunately not the truth.

The truth is that Ford only put the steel bars on the Supercrew because they knew that it would be the only version the IIHS planned on testing. It wasn't until somebody reported that the other versions of the truck weren't built the same that the IIHS tested the F-150 Supercab. Ford's explanation for not putting the bars on other versions made zero sense. Why only the Supercrews? Their explanation was garbage. They obviously knew how effective the bars were well ahead of time and just how poorly their regular and supercab versions would perform on the test. Very, very shady yet it's classic Ford when it comes to costs vs safety.

Maybe all US manufacturers should have a big rethink on safety

Posted by: Robert Ryan | Jan 25, 2017 6:01:58 PM

NCAP, the organization that performed the crash tests on the Mustang has a vendetta against American brand cars being sold in Europe. It's also ran by the shady Max Mosely.

US vehicles are more than safe enough. The effort needs to be focused at teaching better driving habits, detecting safety defects, improving the way our streets and highways are designed to make them safer, etc.

I can believe this - if Ford added cross bars or whatever for better structural occupants protection in various crash scenarios is a non-issue!!...the end result is the same, lives will be saved!!!

In any case, it protected occupants far better than RAM recall trucks, shaky GOVT motor's poss trucks, Toy makers trucks & even Nissans latest offering - end of story girlies!!!...geez what a bunch of cry babies...

Nissan should have been aware and designed for this test. Just another example of Nissan being a few steps behind and perpetually trying to catch up.

@Lionel
You don't drive F150. Remember.

This is bad for Nissan. Just off a fresh redesign and all the money invested in this model it should pass best of class. Now the question is will Nissan wait until the next Titan redesign to fix this or can they get it done sooner?

Go on all you want about how some F150s got beams to pass and some didn't based on poor marketing/cost cutting decisions. They got their black eye for it, fixed it and pass best in class for this test. Every company is guilty of callous short sighted cost cutting marketing decisions that have led to death, injury, damage, and even bankruptcy. The real question here is why other trucks don't do as well or better than the F150 in this test?

Today's cars and pickups are light years ahead of previous generations of vehicles. This whole story is a classic example of why new cars/trucks cost damn near as much as a house.

You want safety? Really?

Try the 55mph speed limit lately? Good luck with that. The public will refuse to accept it.

It would save gas, and save lives but the Congress and the general public would rather blame automakers instead of blaming their own silly driving habits.

Not that I'm proposing the 55 limit, but facts are facts.

How can such a heavyweight truck do so poorly? Not going to even be on mu short list for buying! Ill stick to the good ol Chevy, Ram and especially Ford Super Duty as far as getting a HD truck in that class of wight range goes!

@Lionel
You don't drive F150. Remember.

Posted by: RAM | Jan 27, 2017 6:55:23 AM

Of course I do; '13 F150 for occasional hauling, '04 Lightning for weekend cruising & my '15 Ranger as daily driver. I also have a modified '93 Wrangler Renegade for more serious weekend off-road stuff...what more do I need?

We'll '17 Raptor as it's just o cool but will need to get rid of at least 2 trucks to make room....



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