The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently made the 2016 Nissan Sentra one of the few compacts to receive a Top Safety Pick+ award. This accolade should come as a comfort to Mount Laurel, Cherry Hill, and Collingswood drivers looking for a small but sporty and versatile vehicle that can also decrease their chances of serious injury in a collision. They can contact Cherry Hill Nissan to learn more about the 2016 Nissan Sentra’s safety capabilities or to take a test drive.
Most Improved in Small Front Overlap Collision Test
The 2015 Sentra was praised for making great strides in its ability to protect the driver from partial collisions that normally intrude directly into the driver compartment — an exercise known as the small front overlap test. This test emulates what would happen if a driver collided with a rigid pole or similar structure at moderate speeds.
Many vehicles of all sizes have difficulty with this test because such collisions would normally weaken the structural stability of the A pillar by isolating forces. Not so with the 2015 Sentra or its 2016 model year counterpart!
Nissan safety engineers greatly improved the strength of the front passenger doors and A pillar structure to prevent excess torsion from compromising the cabin integrity. These modifications allowed the 2015 Sentra to achieve a Top Safety Pick award and the 2016 Sentra to best it with a Top Safety Pick+, the highest possible accolade.
Other Crash Test Safety Ratings for the 2016 Nissan Sentra
In addition to passing the small front overlap test with flying colors, the 2016 Nissan Sentra excelled in many other categories. Note that good is the highest possible rating in these tests, and the Sentra achieved a good rating in all of them.
- Moderate overlap front: A larger stationary object is used to simulate what would happen if the Sentra collided with a vehicle or large object from the front.
- Side impact: A sled is propelled at the side of the vehicle to simulate a T-bone crash from the side.
- Roof strength: A piston is slowly lowered against the roof with great force to simulate the effects of a vehicle rollover.
- Head restraints and seats: A dummy and a driver’s seat are mounted to a moving sled that simulates strong front or rearward forces to evaluate the design and safety of the restraint and seat system.
- Front crash prevention: Vehicles with technology like forward emergency braking are evaluated for their ability to prevent a crash or reduce the risk of injury.
Active Safety Features
In addition to sound structural engineering, the 2016 Nissan Sentra has safety features like a Blind Spot Warning System, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and a Rearview Monitor system to prevent collisions or reduce the chances of injuring occupants or others.
Cherry Hill, Mount Laurel, and Collingswood drivers can come to Cherry Hill Nissan to learn more about the safety features included in the 2016 Nissan Sentra. Contact us today to schedule a test drive!