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Nissan Rogue earns IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus rating [Video]

by Justin King

The 2014 model improves performance in the IIHS\' demanding small-overlap test.

Nissan has announced that its 2014 Rogue SUV has earned a "Top Safety Pick Plus" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

To achieve the goal, the redesigned SUV demonstrated good performance in each of the IIHS' five crashworthiness evaluations. It also benefits from a basic rating for front crash prevention when equipped with the company's optional Forward Collision Warning system.

"In the small overlap test, the driver's space was maintained reasonably well," the IIHS noted. "Injury measures recorded on the dummy indicated low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity. The dummy's head made good contact with the front airbag, which stayed in position during the crash, and the side curtain airbag deployed to protect the head from contact with side structures."

The small-overlap test, introduced in 2012, is one of the most demanding evaluations for new vehicles. It replicates the damage when the front corner of the vehicle strikes a telephone pole, another vehicle or other solid object.

"The new Rogue is an improvement over the previous generation, which was rated marginal in the small overlap test and acceptable in the roof strength evaluation," the IIHS added.

The 2014 Rogue integrates a wide array of airbags, including dual-stage front air bags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors, front seat-mounted side impact air bags, and roof-mounted curtain side impact air bags with rollover sensors, among other safety features.

"Rogue is the second best-selling vehicle in Nissan's lineup, and with its standard and available safety features, we're bringing a new level of affordable technologies and innovations to a growing segment looking for fresh ideas," said Nissan North America marketing head Fred Diaz.

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