Five stars is the highest rating.
On sale now at Nissan dealerships, the 2016 Leaf earned four stars in the front, side and rollover crash tests.
Standard safety equipment on the 2016 Leaf includes six airbags, antilock brakes, stability control and traction control.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not rated the 2016 Leaf, which is largely a carryover model. IIHS testing of previous model years yielded the best possible rating of "Good" in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints and seats tests. The Leaf received the lowest rating of "Poor" in the small overlap front test.
Edmunds says: Federal safety regulators are just beginning to roll out crash-test ratings on 2016 hybrid and electric vehicles. The 2016 Chevrolet Volt, Ford Focus Electric and Toyota Prius have not been rated.