The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently completed crash testing and rating of the 2017 Nissan Titan 1500. How does the new Titan compare to its competitors? Safety is not something to be taken for granted. It’s important in any vehicle and the full-size pickup trucks are no exception.
The IIHS measures vehicle safety across eight categories, and they use four grades to communicate the safety ratings: Poor, Marginal, Acceptable, and Good.
The Titan crew cab scored better than the Toyota Tundra and the Ram 1500. All three of these trucks recorded a Marginal score on the small overlap front crash test. They also do not have front crash avoidance systems, such an alert or automated braking systems.
Here is a video of the Titan small overlap front crash test (provided by IIHS).
The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and the GMC Sierra 1500 do a bit better than the Titan with the exception of the child seat anchors ease of use. However, the GMC trucks also record a Marginal score in the small overlap front test. Silverado headlights get a Poor rating.
IIHS measures the headlight’s ability to illuminate the area in front of the vehicle without negatively impacting the oncoming traffic.
The Ford F-150 is the only truck in the segment with the 2016 Top Safety Pick rating from the IIHS. It takes top scores in all crash tests, but also shows a Poor score for the headlights.
In summary, the 2017 Titan does not take the top honors in IIHS safety ratings, but it is on par or better than most in the class.
Here is a 2017 Nissan Titan 1500 PRO-4X tackling the challenging Cliff Hanger 2.0 trail in the Rocky Mountains.