The 2022 Nissan Altima’s safety ratings can be deceiving

The 2022 Nissan Altima

Nissan’s popular sedans, Altima and Maxima, offer top safety ratings. In addition to safety, the Altima has optional AWD and commendable fuel economy, with some trims hitting nearly 40 mpg on the highway. However, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), an agency that focuses on assessing vehicle safety and crashworthiness, found it necessary to re-evaluate the Altima. So why did the IIHS take another look at the side impact testing of the 2022 Nissan Altima, and why might that mean reviews are being misled?

Is the 2022 Nissan Altima an IIHS Top Safety Pick+?

After initial testing, the 2022 Nissan Altima achieved the IIHS‘ top score, a Top Safety Pick+. That means that the mid-sized sedan scored ‘Good’ in almost every category. While a good rating may seem disappointing, it represents the agency’s highest individual category score. In addition, the Altima achieved good ratings in every original crash test.