The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) latest ratings for front crash prevention systems in midsize sedans ranked model year 2019 and 2020 Nissan Maxima as ‘superior’ and model year 2019 and 2020 Nissan Altima as ‘advanced.’

Nissan is working to offer features like Intelligent Emergency Braking (IEB) with Pedestrian Detection across its lineup.

“The well-being of those inside our cars is just as important as the well-being of those outside our vehicles,” said Rob Warren, director, and chief marketing manager, Nissan North America.

“IEB with Pedestrian Detection is announced as standard or available on 10 Nissan vehicles for the 2020 model year, and we’re working on expanding the technology further as quickly as possible.”

IEB with Pedestrian Detection is standard on the Nissan Maxima for 2020.

The IIHS evaluation consists of three tests each at two speeds, resulting in six possible outcomes. The Maxima was the only tested vehicle to altogether avoid the obstacle in all six performed tests.

“Carmakers often roll out these kinds of advanced systems in more expensive luxury lines or as expensive options, so the superior performance of the standard systems on the more mainstream Maxima is noteworthy,” said IIHS President David Harkey.

Nissan’s IEB with Pedestrian Detection uses a combination of radar and camera-based technology to track nearby vehicles and approaching pedestrians. If a pedestrian is detected, visual and audible alerts are accompanied by automatic braking, helping to eliminate or significantly reduce the severity of an impact.

IIHS launched its pedestrian rating earlier this year, testing 11 luxury and non-luxury small SUVs in pedestrian crash prevention. In that test, the 2019 Nissan Rogue received an advanced rating.

For the 2020 model year, Nissan Safety Shield 360 – which includes IEB with Pedestrian Detection – is standard on SV and SL Platinum trims, the Nissan Rogue’s most popular models.

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