2016 Nissan Sentra and 2016 Infiniti QX60 tested by the IIHS image

Both models received the highest safety ratting from the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, thanks to their forward emergency braking systems.

For this year, IIHS has tightened its standards by requiring a “good” or better rating in all five of the crashworthiness categories to earn a “Top Safety Pick” and making an available front crash prevention system mandatory for all awards. But to earn the top award “Plus”, a vehicle also has to receive an “advanced” or “superior” rating for front crash prevention. This week, the safety agency upgraded the 2016 Nissan Sentra to its highest assessment of “Top Safety Pick Plus” when the model was fitted with the optional forward emergency braking technology. The Sentra has previously held the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick designation prior to confirmation of the required front crash prevention system. Sentra thus joins the 2016 Altima, Maxima and Murano in earning the highest safety award.

Nissan’s premium brand Infiniti also got the “Plus” grade for its newly freshened 2016 QX60 crossover, when equipped with FEB tech. Both models performed well in the 12 mph IIHS track test, avoiding a collision, while in the 25 mph test, the cars’ impact speed was reduced by an average of 10 mph. The QX60 also received credit for forward collision warning feature in its front crash prevention system that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.