2017 Nissan Pathfinder Gets Five-Star Crash Test Rating from NCAP
Refreshed SUV’s Five-Star Rating Ensures Family Safety
The recently revealed 2017 Nissan Pathfinder and its shapely new nose will apparently do a decent job of protecting occupants in a collision thanks to its five-star overall safety rating from the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). An extension of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NCAP evaluates new-vehicle performance in frontal and side collisions, as well as conducts testing to quantify the likelihood of a vehicle rollover.
Although rated at five stars overall, the 2017 Pathfinder did see a few slight missteps in the crash testing process. For example, its resistance to rollover slots in at a still-impressive four stars, representing a 17.9-percent chance of flipping in the program test. Additionally, although the front-seat passenger (a female dummy) “walked away” from the frontal collision with a low risk of injuries, the male-dummy driver endured higher risk factors, resulting in a four-star rating for frontal collisions. However, the Pathfinder aced the side-impact collision test with a perfect five-star rating.
Each of the 2017 Pathfinder’s performances in the NCAP test mirror those of the 2016 Pathfinder, which also received a five-star safety rating. However, the new Pathfinder has an optionally available collision warning and forward emergency braking system, which will help prevent accidents from even occurring.
Such technology might encourage the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) to give the new Nissan Top Safety Pick+ status, a rating reserved for vehicles that ace each crash test and have available collision prevention technology that meets certain requirements. The 2016 Pathfinder performed flawlessly in each of the IIHS’ crash tests last year, so there’s no reason to suspect the new crossover wouldn’t do the same.
Its exceptional five-star performance under NCAP just goes to show how safe new cars have become, thanks to their advanced construction materials and extensive testing. And with the 2017 Pathfinder’s added capability and improved (in our opinion) styling, it could be a great option for many active families or individuals. For the record, the Honda Pilot and Toyota RAV4, arguably the Pathfinder's most natural competition, received identical safety ratings from NCAP.
Source: Nissan, NCAP