IIHS Crash Test Rankings: 2012 Nissan Versa is Top Safety Pick

By Jason Davis | March 09, 2012
The redesigned 2012 Nissan Versa sedan is very safe, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The IIHS awarded the subcompact its best rating in all crash categories, including front, rear, side, and rollover tests, earning the Versa the coveted "Top Safety Pick" designation. Not that the 2011 Nissan Versa was any slouch when it came to safety, but the results indicate an actual improvement, and you can be sure Nissan will flaunt the award in coming advertisements. The previous model garnered only "Acceptable" ratings for side impact and rollover protection, instead of the Institute's top ranking, "Good." The 2012 Nissan Versa sedan includes the following conscience-soothing safety amenities: dual-front and front-side airbags; roof-mounted, rear side-impact airbags; and the federally-mandated stability and traction control systems, plus a tire-pressure monitoring system. That's standard fare in today's cars, even small cars like the Versa, but hey, at least we know it works well! The IIHS and Nissan note that the crash test ranking only applies to the redesigned 2012 Nissan Versa sedan, as the hatchback has not yet been redesigned and its rankings are identical to the 2011 model. And now, what you've been waiting for: Slow-motion crash test video!

Source: Nissan, IIHS