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Refreshed Nissan Pathfinder earns 5-star NHTSA crash rating

The SUV only received four stars in the frontal crash scenario.

Nissan's 2017 Pathfinder has received a five-star overall crash rating in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's New Car Assessment Program.

The SUV received five stars for its side-impact performance, but four stars in the frontal barrier crash and four stars for rollover risk.

The results do not come as a surprise, as the pre-facelift Pathfinder already scored well in NHTSA and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests.

The 2016 edition was disqualified from Top Safety Pick status, despite 'good' ratings in all impact scenarios. The award requires vehicles to be available with a front crash prevention system, either standard or as an option.

The 2017 model introduces several safety technologies, including forward emergency braking. The IIHS will presumably assess the AEB system; an 'advanced' or 'superior' rating is necessary to enter the TSP+ ranks.

The agency has also introduced a new headlight test program for new cars. 'Good' ratings were only handed to a few cars and SUVs among dozens of models included in the inaugural trials. Any current TSP or TSP+ honorees must have headlights with a 'good' rating beginning next year.

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