How does a 2019 Nissan Sentra compare to its competition in Safety Near Dublin, GA?


 
  • Childre Nissan Journal
  • Jul 7th 2019 - 103 days ago
  • Dublin, GA
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To maximize occupant safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Sentra have pretensioners to eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Sentra are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up.

The Sentra has shoulder harnesses for all passengers. Shoulder harnesses are 10% more effective than lap belts in preventing injuries from collisions. Recent studies indicate that lap belts alone may cause as many or more injuries than they prevent.

The Sentra has standard child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors.

The Sentra has standard front seat side-impact airbags and head airbags for both seat rows, which act as a forgiving barrier between the passengers and the door. Combined with high-strength steel door beams this system increases protection from broadside collisions.

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Sentra deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. Airbags without smart features will always deploy full force.

The Sentra has standard four-wheel antilock brakes for quicker stops and controlled steering ability, especially under poor traction conditions.

The Sentra Automatic has standard Forward Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether.

For much better traction, the Sentra has front-wheel drive. While accelerating, the rear wheels of a rear-wheel drive vehicle can break loose, causing it to fishtail or even spin and lose control completely. ‘Oversteering’ or spinning in a rear wheel drive car requires counter-steering, and backing off the gas may not help.

To prevent wheel spin and loss of control under poor traction conditions, full range traction control is standard on the Nissan Sentra.

The Sentra has standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), which uses the antilock brake hardware along with powerful software and additional sensors to detect the beginning of a skid. VDC then intervenes by automatically applying the brake at one appropriate wheel, preventing a skid. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study showed that skid control systems reduced single-vehicle car crashes by 30%.

The Sentra has a standard backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle.

The Sentra (except S)’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them.

To help make backing safer, the Sentra (except S)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Sentra uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. A body-on-frame design has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Compared to metal, the Sentra’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire.

The Sentra’s gas tank is mounted inside the frame rails in front of the rear axle to optimally protect the fuel tank in a collision. A gas tank is mounted behind the rear axle is more susceptible to rear collisions.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Sentra is safe:

 

Sentra

 

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

HIC

293

Neck Injury Risk

35.6%

Neck Stress

305 lbs.

Neck Compression

70 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

195/290 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH moderate front offset crash tests on new cars. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Sentra is safe:

 

Sentra

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

Structure

GOOD

Restraints

GOOD

Head injury index

127

Peak Head G-forces

no hit

Neck Tension

1.1 kN

Chest Compression

25 mm

Femur Force

.6 kN/1.1 kN

Tibia index

.44/.37

(This test is not comparable to the NHTSA NCAP 35 MPH front crash test.)

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Nissan Sentra is safe:

 

Sentra

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

Restraints

GOOD

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

Head injury index

131

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

24 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

1/.1 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

Tibia index R/L

.66/.53

Tibia forces R/L

1.5/.5 kN

(This test is not comparable to the NHTSA NCAP 35 MPH front crash test.)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Sentra is safe:

 

Sentra

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

HIC

108

Chest Movement

1 inches

Abdominal Force

184 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

HIC

204

Spine Acceleration

57 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

17 inches

HIC

202

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

Hip Force

515 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

In a 31 MPH side-impact test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crashes a 3300 pound sled into the side of new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Sentra is safe:

 

Sentra

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

Structure

ACCEPTABLE

 

Driver

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

GOOD

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

ACCEPTABLE

Head Injury Criterion

251

Shoulder Movement

32 mm

 

Rear Passenger

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

GOOD

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

GOOD

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) performs roof strength tests. In that test the Sentra earned the top rating of “Good” because its roof supported over four times the Sentra’s weight before being crushed five inches.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the general design of front seat head restraints for their ability to protect front seat occupants from whiplash injuries. The IIHS also performs a dynamic test on those seats with “good” or “acceptable” geometry. In these ratings, the Sentra is safe:

 

Sentra

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

Head Restraint Design

GOOD

Dynamic Test Rating

GOOD

Seat Design

Pass

Torso Acceleration

12.7 g’s

Neck Force Rating

Low

Max Neck Shearing Force

0

(Lower numerical results are better in all tests.)

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Sentra the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 154 vehicles tested by the IIHS.




Compared To Acura ILX 2019



Both the Sentra and the ILX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Sentra is safer than the Acura ILX:

 

Sentra

ILX

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

108

234

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

204

324

Spine Acceleration

57 G’s

64 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

202

299

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

56 G’s

Hip Force

515 lbs.

945 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.




Compared To Hyundai Accent 2019



To help make backing safer, the Sentra (except S)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Accent doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Sentra and the Accent have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes and blind spot warning systems.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Sentra the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 140 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Accent has not been tested, yet.




Compared To Honda Civic 2018



To help make backing safer, the Sentra (except S)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Civic doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Sentra and the Civic have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes and blind spot warning systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Sentra is safer than the Honda Civic:

 

Sentra

Civic

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

108

204

Chest Movement

1 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

184 G’s

252 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

204

404

Spine Acceleration

57 G’s

68 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

202

260

Hip Force

515 lbs.

727 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.




Compared To Toyota Prius 2018



Compared to metal, the Sentra’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Toyota Prius has a metal gas tank.

Both the Sentra and the Prius have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Sentra is safer than the Toyota Prius:

 

Sentra

Prius

 

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Stress

305 lbs.

344 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

195/290 lbs.

290/353 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Sentra is safer than the Toyota Prius:

 

Sentra

Prius

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

108

182

Chest Movement

1 inches

1 inches

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

204

269

Spine Acceleration

57 G’s

73 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

2 Stars

HIC

202

288

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

48 G’s

Hip Force

515 lbs.

1213 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.




Compared To Honda Fit 2019



To help make backing safer, the Sentra (except S)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Fit doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Compared to metal, the Sentra’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Honda Fit has a metal gas tank.

Both the Sentra and the Fit have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes and blind spot warning systems.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Nissan Sentra is safer than the Fit:

 

Sentra

Fit

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head injury index

131

651

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

 

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

24 cm

25 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

0%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Tibia index R/L

.66/.53

.82/.51

Tibia forces R/L

1.5/.5 kN

2.7/2.1 kN

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Sentra is safer than the Honda Fit:

 

Sentra

Fit

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

108

206

Chest Movement

1 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

184 G’s

217 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

204

237

Spine Acceleration

57 G’s

81 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

202

305

Hip Force

515 lbs.

638 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Sentra the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 140 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Fit was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.




Compared To Toyota Yaris iA 2018



The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 5 points, IIHS rates the Forward Emergency Braking optional in the Sentra as “Superior.” The Yaris iA scores only 3 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

The Sentra (except S)’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Yaris iA doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Sentra (except S)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Yaris iA doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Sentra and the Yaris iA have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and rearview cameras.

The Nissan Sentra weighs 435 to 591 pounds more than the Toyota Yaris iA. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.




Compared To Ford Focus 2018



The Sentra Automatic has standard Forward Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Focus doesn\'t offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

Both the Sentra and the Focus have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Nissan Sentra is safer than the Focus Sedan:

 

Sentra

Focus

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

131

133

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

7 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

1/.1 kN

3.63/2.27 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

1%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Tibia forces R/L

1.5/.5 kN

2.6/3.7 kN

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Sentra is safer than the Ford Focus:

 

Sentra

Focus

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

108

125

Chest Movement

1 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

184 G’s

218 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

204

347

Spine Acceleration

57 G’s

60 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

515 lbs.

698 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Sentra the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 140 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Focus was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.