IIHS Makes Key Changes to Top Safety Pick Awards for 2017

Nissan Top Safety Pick

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a government-run organization that rates vehicles on their safety. The group has adjusted to the ever changing market over the years more than in the past. Technology has come a long way but the group’s most recent change isn’t for autonomous technology.

Beginning in 2017, the IIHS will score vehicles on their headlights. In order to earn top scores, vehicles must earn a “Good” or “Acceptable” rating in the headlight category. That category joins the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, and side crash tests as well as roof strength and head restraints & seats. Front crash prevention includes optional technology that reduces the impact or avoids frontal crashes entirely.

Most automakers pass the front and side crash tests with flying colors. Unlike the other tests, the IIHS will test every trim that uses a different type of headlight. With this most recent change, the roadways are about to get even safer in one of the simplest ways possible: visibility.

To earn Top Safety Pick awards, automakers will have to improve their vehicle’s lighting as well as their overall structure.

Here at Bates Nissan, we’re confident that Nissan will adjust to the new headlight category and come out on top!

2016 Nissan Altima Earns Top Safety Pick Plus Award

Nissan Altima Safety

The 2016 Nissan Altima has joined the other vehicles in our lineup that have earned a Top Safety Pick + award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including the Maxima and Murano.

The Altima scored “Good”—the highest possible rating—in all five of the IIHS’s crashworthiness categories: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, seats and head restraints, and roof strength.

These ratings are good enough to cinch the Top Safety Pick recognition—also achieved by the Rogue and Sentra in our lineup—but the Altima scored that extra “+” at the end by earning a “Superior” rating for front crash prevention when equipped with the optional Forward Emergency Braking, giving it the Top Safety Pick Plus award.

When a front collision is imminent, the system alerts the driver; if the driver fails to respond, the system can even apply the brakes to mitigate or entirely avoid the crash. This is just one of the many safety features available on the 2016 Nissan Altima. Explore them all at Bates Nissan!

Nissan Rogue Pinned with Illustrious Safety Rating by IIHS

2014 Nissan RogueYou might not be aware of this, but one of the lesser known meanings of the word “rogue” is a “dangerous solitary animal.” While Nissan might want you to perceive their Rogue as an elegant creature with the grace and aggressiveness of a big cat, they certainly don’t want their car to be “dangerous.” No worries there! The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently rated the Rogue as a Top Safety Pick+, the highest rating given out by the authoritative institution.

“Nissan has a long-standing commitment to safety and innovation, and this IIHS rating is a very important milestone for the all-new 2014 Rogue,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing, Parts & Service, for Nissan North America, in a press release. “Rogue is the second best-selling vehicle in Nissan’s lineup, and with its standard and available safety features, we’re bringing a new level of affordable technologies and innovations to a growing segment looking for fresh ideas.”

The Rogue achieved the Top Safety Pick+ rating despite the increasingly stringent criteria set up by the IIHS, making the award even more impressive. The SUV takes advantage of features like the Advanced Air Bag System and Active Ride Control to grant you perfect peace of mind behind the wheel. Come see us at Bates Nissan today and test drive the Rogue for yourself!