Nissan Titan Improves IIHS Crash Results

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The full-size 2018 Nissan Titan pickup truck is now safer according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The independent safety organization put the half-ton through its normal battery of tests, including the driver-side small overlap front test in which many pickups have performed poorly. In fact, the 2017 Nissan Titan did not do so well. 

According to the IIHS, the new Titan (not the heavier-duty Titan XD) is just one of four large pickups to earn a good rating — out of good, average, marginal and poor — in the challenging driver-side small overlap front crash test first instituted in 2012. The good rating applies to 2017-18 Titans built after August 2017. The Titan also earned good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints and seats tests. It failed to earn Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick Plus honors because it lacks a front crash prevention system and received marginal ratings for its headlights.

The small overlap test was designed to test a vehicle's structural integrity when the left corner of a vehicle hits another vehicle or object and bypasses the main part of the chassis (meaning the strongest parts of the ladder frame). The crew-cab Honda Ridgeline, and crew-cab and SuperCab versions of the Ford F-150 are the other trucks that earned a good rating in the small front overlap test.

IIHS reports that the Titan's driver cabin area had much less crash intrusion than earlier tests, with only 7 inches of intrusion measured at the lower door-hinge pillar. IIHS says that injuries to the left lower leg would have been likely and injuries to the left foot and right lower leg would have been possible; however, the passenger test dummy's movement was well controlled by the safety belt and airbags.

Here's the video of the Nissan's small overlap crash test.

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Safety good.

Old news guys! I mentioned this on the “Ram airs first 2019 1500 commercial” thread on January 18th. I thought PUTC was supposed to be improving things....

Good news for Peugeot.

For what new trucks cost anyone not scoring top marks in crash testing is junk.

Mis956- the only improvement would be to kick off the brand idiots on here, then it would be a great place.


Everybody KNOWS the F-150 is the WINNER - #1 - THE BEST in crash tests !

Everybody KNOWS the F-150 is the WINNER - #1 - THE BEST in crash tests !
Posted by: Ecoboost Rules | Jan 22, 2018 2:44:57 PM

It always is on PUTC... lol

Everybody KNOWS the F-150 is the WINNER - #1 - THE BEST in crash tests !
Posted by: Ecoboost Rules | Jan 22, 2018 2:44:57 PM

It always is on PUTC... lol

That didn't take long to derail discussion. I think this ecoboost fella needs a muffler on his turbo mouth. Sounds very insecure.

Lol, doesn't make top safety pick due to not having a front crash prevention system.

The people that need that, blind spot monitors, the GM seat shaker to inform you of unintended lane change, and more are the ones that are poor drivers that don't pay attention.

That is a poor way to pick which truck is the safest built. The safest options, yeah, but some people need it.

The Ford headlights are poor. The Titan ones are better, still marginal.

They say in an accident, a heavier vehicle is worse. Maybe if all trucks just crash into immovable objects, as these head tests show. However, different results happen when another vehicle hits you. The Honda, 1,000 pounds less than the Titan, and the Ford, 600 pounds lighter (probably tested a 3.5 v-6 non Eco-boost lightweight truck with23 gallon tank that can't work a load.

So the lighter truck won't always fare best.

@crunchtime, I couldn’t agree more. But for every twelve year old out there posting silly comments, there are also sensible adults who realize that manufactured products fail from time to time. I for one will never be brand loyal. It’s the manufacturers that should be loyal to us.

Would be very interesting what they changed.

From what I read, they installed frame extensions behind the front wheels like ford and the new ram. But some videos I’ve seen appear to show a flared front frame rail on the driver’s side only. If that’s that’s true, PUTC needs to call a foul on Nissan for playing games.

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