The IIHS has awarded the Nissan Altima its Top Safety Pick Plus rating with autonomous emergency braking being a defining feature on the car.
In North America, Nissan now has three 2016 vehicles on sale which have the TSP+ (Top Safety Pick Plus) rating, the highest safety award available from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS is the US equivalent of the NCAP organisations throughout the rest of the world and the TSP+ is broadly equal to NCAP 5-star ratings.
Going into 2016, Nissan North American has TSP+ ratings for the Altima, Maxima and Murano models with the Nissan Rogue and Sentra models receiving the lower TSP rating. In testing, the Altima earned a “good” rating across the five IIHS criteria but it was the collision prevention features of the optional AEB, or Forward Emergency Braking, that tipped the balance for the car and brought it the top TSP+ accolade.
The inclusion of AEB is a new feature in the IIHS rankings and must be included as a feature as well as getting “good” results in all crash test criteria to gain the TSP award. To receive the TSP+ award, frontal impact collision avoidance technology must be rated as either “advanced” or “superior” instead of “good”.
Expressing his delight at having received the latest IIHS award for the Altima, Nissan North America’s Michael Bunce commented, “Like the new Maxima and Murano, the Nissan Altima sets high standards in a very competitive class for styling, performance and value as well as safety.”
The Nissan Altima includes limited advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) as standard features with others available as optional extras. Blind spot warning is a standard feature on the SV and SL models with rear cross traffic alert also available on these models.
ADAS features are available on the Altima with the optional SL Tech Package, which includes AEB, forward collision warning signal based on braking detection two vehicles ahead, and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).