The Nissan Rogue, Maxima, and Altima were announced in February as also earning IIHS's top safety award. - Photo: Nissan

The Nissan Rogue, Maxima, and Altima were announced in February as also earning IIHS's top safety award.

Photo: Nissan

The 2021 Nissan Murano crossover joins three other 2021 Nissan models in being awarded the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+ designation.

The Nissan Rogue, Maxima, and Altima were announced in February as earning IIHS's top safety award. All four models feature Nissan Safety Shield 360 as standard equipment.

The addition of Murano to the IIHS annual listing of Top Safety Pick+ was the result of new ratings for headlights and pedestrian crash avoidance. Murano's standard front crash prevention system earned "superior" ratings in both the vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations. Murano's standard LED headlights earned a "good" rating.

To qualify as a Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must have good ratings in all six IIHS crashworthiness tests — driver- and passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints. It must also be available with a front crash prevention system that earns "advanced" or "superior" ratings in both the vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations and come with "good" or "acceptable" headlights across all trim levels and packages.

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