The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that the Nissan Titan Crew Cab pickup has improved its rating in a crash test category—the driver-side small overlap front test. While it may seem that large pickups are automatically safe due to size alone, this is not the case. In fact, the IIHS claims the Nissan Titan Crew Cab is only the fourth large pickup to earn a Good rating (the best rating) in this test, joining the Honda Ridgeline and the Ford F-150 SuperCrew and SuperCab. The Honda Ridgeline is the only large truck to qualify for the 2018 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK award. The rating applies to 2017-2018 Nissan Titans built after August 2017. Before that, the Titan did not receive a Good rating.

As you can see in the video, the small overlap test, introduced in 2012, reproduces front left corner contact at 40 mph with an object like a tree or pole. For test purposes, the object is a 5-foot-tall rigid barrier. The struggle with this test is that striking the edge (only 25 percent of the front end) skirts the main crash structure and instead forces the front wheel, suspension, and firewall straight into the driver’s compartment. The IIHS initiated passenger-side small overlap front test ratings in 2017, but no pickups have been rated yet in this test. A Good or Acceptable passenger-side rating is a qualifier for the TOP SAFETY PICK+ award.

We suspect that more and more large pickups will receive Good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front test as manufacturers continue to enhance front-end safety by deflecting the front tires away from occupants instead of into them upon impact.

Source: IIHS

YouTube: 2017 Nissan Titan Crew Cab Driver-Side Small Overlap IIHS Crash Test posted by IIHS