February 28, 2007

Nissan Pathfinder scored well in EuroNCAP tests

In its recently unveiled study, European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) has proven Nissan Pathfinder full-size SUV to be one of the safest sports utility vehicles in the market.

Nissan Pathfinder (front)

EuroNCAP tests new cars in three categories: front impact, side impact and pedestrian impact. The Pathfinder scored well in all three categories getting 32 points while the average score for the category is 28 points.

Nissan Pathfinder

The new Nissan Pathfinder got 12 points in front impact test, 18 points in side crash test and got additional 2 points thanks to its front seat belts reminder system, achieving overall four-stars rating for adult occupant protection. Only the new Audi Q7 SUV seems to better than the Pathfinder getting four, four and two stars respectively.

Nissan Pathfinder (back)

In child occupant and pedestrian protection tests Nissan Pathfinder was not that good, taking three and two stars respectively, because in the frontal test, the chests of both the 1½ and the 3 year old dummies were subjected to high decelerations and there is no pedestrian protection offered by the vehicle's leading edge of the bonnet.

Photos: Nissan

See also: Nissan Pathfinder by Marc Ecko: Urban Warfare style

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