The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced Thursday that the redesigned 2014 Nissan Rogue earned its top crashworthiness designation, the Top Safety Pick Plus designation. The redesigned compact crossover scored "good" in all five test categories — including moderate and small front overlap, side, roof strength and head restraints — along with a "basic" rating in IIHS' new front-crash prevention test for models equipped with forward collision warning. Vehicles must earn a "basic," "advanced" or "superior" rating in this new-for-2014 test category in order to earn the highest safety status.
In the small overlap test, IIHS said in a statement, the driver's space was maintained "reasonably well," and injury measures recorded on the crash-test dummy indicated low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity. The small overlap category was a new addition to IIHS' battery of tests in 2012; it replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle strikes another vehicle or an object such as a tree or utility pole.
"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 said in a statement. "The new Rogue offers an optional forward collision warning system, a first for the model."