While the popular idea is that having a big hulking pickup is the safer way of travelling around town, the Nissan titan has disappointingly managed to prove otherwise.
The all-new Titan is a popular truck – mostly because it has a huge range with something from anyone, from the workhorse Titan Single Cab S to the Titan XD Crew Cab Platinum Reserve that gets luxury goodies and the Cummins V8. But the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found it lacks in the safety department when it tested the 2017 Nissan Titan SV Crew Cab. The fullsize truck got only a “marginal” rating in the IIHS small overlap crash test. “The driver space was not maintained well,” comments the institute, “with lower interior intrusion measuring as much as 27 cm (10.6 in) at the lower hinge pillar and 21 cm (8.26 in) at the parking brake pedal.” In injury speak – the left lower leg, left foot, and right lower leg were prone to risk.
This is though about the average for the segment – the Ram 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 were both rated “marginal” and only the Ford F-150 has received a “good” rating in this specific scenario. The rest of IIHS tests – moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, head restraints, and seats – saw the Titan snatched “good” ratings. Unfortunately, the new IIHS headlight test also revealed a weakness, with inadequate visibility on the left side of the road and on curves, the Titan got another “marginal”.