2015 Nissan Murano: Comes Out On Top In Recent Crash Test
May 19, 2015
In a new round of testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, our 2015 Nissan Murano finished tops among seven popular SUVs and crossovers in the small overlap front crash test. The Murano earned the Institute's "Good" rating, and by offering the optional frontal-collision and mitigation system (can automatically apply braking if driver fails to take evasive action), it qualifies for the Institute's "Top Safety Pick+" award.
But while our Murano came out on top, our long-term Jeep Cherokee did not. It earned only a "Marginal" score in the small front overlap test. Other vehicles tested included the Jeep Wrangler ("Good"), Ford Flex ("Acceptable"), Hyundai Santa Fe and Dodge Durango (both "Marginal") and the Dodge Journey ("Poor").
The IIHS small front overlap test aims to test the crash-worthiness of a vehicle's outer edges, which are generally not incorporated into the overall frontal crash structure or crush zones. The vehicle travels at 40 mph into a 5-foot tall rigid barrier, simulating a collision with a tree, utility pole or an oncoming vehicle (think a headlight-to-headlight strike), forcing the front wheel, suspension and firewall to absorb most of the crash energy.
Make the jump to see great video of our Murano and others getting munched in slow motion. Keep an eye out at 0:50 to see the Murano's left front wheel get absolutely obliterated.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor