The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has just named the all-new 2012 Nissan Versa sedan a Top Safety Pick.
Completely redesigned for 2012, the Versa sedan won the top ratings across the board in the Institute’s safety evaluations, which include front, side, rollover and rear crash tests, and a “Good” rating in the roof strength test.
Electronic stability control (ESC) is standard equipment on the Versa sedan. ESC was previously a requirement to earn IIHS Top Safety Pick status. As of September 1, 2011, ESC is required by federal regulation to be standard equipment on all new passenger vehicles.
Making the announcement of the Versa sedan’s first-ever elevation to Top Safety Pick status, the IIHS remarked that “the redesigned model improves on the 2011 Versa’s acceptable ratings for side impact and rollover protection.”
In addition to ESC, other standard safety features in the 2012 Nissan Versa sedan include six airbags, antilock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, and vehicle dynamic control with traction control system.
The Nissan Versa hatchback, which was not redesigned for 2012, does not have Top Safety Pick status.
In addition to the Versa sedan, three other Nissan vehicles have 2012 Top Safety Pick status: the all-electric Nissan Leaf, the Juke subcompact crossover, and the Cube small crossover wagon.