Infiniti QX60, Nissan Pathfinder Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus Awards

Infiniti QX60, Nissan Pathfinder Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus Awards The, and its luxury cousin, has been awarded a Top Safety Pick Plus by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The pair received major restylings for 2022 after a year-long model hiatus: It brought a bolder exterior, a new transmission, and more user-friendly technology, while in order to better compete with luxury rivals. The agency says the Pathfinder’s driver’s seat has been modified to fix what it made its Top Safety Pick for 2020; All 2023 QX60 and Pathfinder models are eligible for a Top Safety Pick Plus award along with 2022 Pathfinder models manufactured after July 2022.

Infiniti QX60, Nissan Pathfinder Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus Awards

Pass the crash tests

To receive the IIHS Safety Award, a vehicle must pass a series of six crash tests: driver-side small telescopic front, passenger-side small telescopic front, moderate telescopic front, side original, roof strength and headrest. You should also have advanced or superior ratings for Forward Collision Prevention System in vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian ratings. A car’s headlights determine whether or not it earns a Plus badge: Top Safety Picks must have at least a good or acceptable headlight system, while a Top Safety Pick Plus requires good or acceptable headlights for all trims.

Recently, IIHS carried out two updated assessments to determine eligibility for the 2023 Vehicle Award: A uses a heavier fender that moves faster than previous simulations to best represent a midsize SUV or pickup truck; Both the Pathfinder and the QX60 score good reviews there. The agency also launched, and the Pathfinder was the only vehicle out of 23 tested to avoid pedestrian collisions in all test conditions, receiving a superior rating.

Safety Features


Infiniti QX60, Nissan Pathfinder Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus Awards

Both the Pathfinder and the QX60 earn superior ratings for their anti-collision systems: Nissan’s lineup offers standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. Other standard features include rear automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning with rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and high beam assist. Meanwhile, blind spot intervention, lane departure steering assist, 360-degree camera system and traffic sign recognition are available.

Also available is ProPilot Assist, a practical spoiler that adds lane-centered steering and adaptive cruise control to a stop. A more advanced system that adjusts speed based on curves and traffic signs is offered on higher trims.

Who are the competitors who won the award?

Among Pathfinder’s competitors, the 2022 Ford Explorer, Hyundai Palisade, Subaru Ascent and Toyota Highlander won Top Safety Pick Plus awards, while the Kia Telluride was named the Top Safety Pick. Among the QX60’s luxury competitors, the 2022 Acura MDX was the top safety pick, while the Lexus RX and Lincoln Aviator were the top safety picks.

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