Nissan Sentra, Infiniti QX60 Named Top Safety Pick+ Winners by IIHS
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Nissan Sentra, Infiniti QX60 Named Top Safety Pick+ Winners by IIHS

April 5, 2016

Two vehicles from Nissan Motor Company are the latest 2016 models to earn the prestigious Top Safety Pick+ designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Both the 2016 Nissan Sentra, a small car, and the Infiniti QX60, a midsize SUV, earned superior ratings for front crash prevention.

Both vehicles have good ratings in the IIHS' five crashworthiness tests—though their optional front crash prevention systems only recently became available for testing.

In the 12 mph IIHS track test, the Sentra avoided a collision completely. In the 25 mph test, the car's impact speed was reduced by an average of 10 mph.

The QX60 avoided a collision in both tests.

Both vehicles also receive credit for forward collision warning components in their front crash prevention systems that meet National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) criteria.

To qualify for the Top Safety Pick+ designation, the highest award given by IIHS, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint crash tests, plus an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.

With the addition of the 2016 Sentra and QX60, Nissan Motor Company now has a total of six vehicles that have been named a Top Safety Pick+.