The all-new 2015 Nissan Murano has just earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s highest honor, the Top Safety Pick Plus safety rating. This comes after the IIHS evaluated five crash categories including moderate front overlap, side, roof strength, head restraint, and the new small overlap crash tests.

The crossover scored a “Good” rating in all five Top Safety Pick categories, plus offers an optional crash prevention system, which means it qualifies for the Top Safety Pick Plus award. Crash prevention systems are also rated by their effectiveness with either an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating. The Murano scored a superior.

Helping the Murano pass the battery of tests is a bevy of safety equipment, including Nissan’s Advanced Airbag System with its dual-stage deployment, seat belt detectors, and occupant weight sensors. Also present are seat-mounted side airbags up front, side curtain airbags, and a driver’s knee airbag. The front seats also get seat belts with pre-tensioners while the rear seats come with the mandated LATCH child seat hook-ups.

On the preventative side, the Murano is optional with Nissan’s “Safety Shield” technologies, which include Intelligent Cruise Control, Blind Spot Warning, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Forward Emergency Braking, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Driver Attention Alert.

Thanks to the Murano’s IIHS classification of a Top Safety Pick Plus, the crossover will cost less to insure than it otherwise would. That’s certainly a win-win for car buyers in the market for an affordable and safe family vehicle.

Continue reading to watch the video and to learn more about the 2015 Nissan Murano.

Why it matters

Safety is a big factor in choosing a new vehicle. These days, the general car-buying public is becoming more informed about what these crash ratings mean and how they apply to vehicle safety. For automakers, being able to advertise crash safety awards is a big deal. After all, getting injured (or worse) in a car crash isn’t fun. These ratings and their overall positive effect on the automaker’s products are certainly appreciated.

What’s more, automakers sell more of a vehicle if its crash test ratings are higher. For example, only one other midsize crossover earned a Top Safety Pick Plus award for 2015, the Toyota Highlander. That narrows down the field of contenders for a car buyer set on having the safest available vehicle.

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Press Release

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) today awarded the completely redesigned 2015 Nissan Murano a "Top Safety Pick Plus" vehicle safety rating, which is the group’s highest available ranking. The 2015 Murano scored "Good" in all five "Top Safety Pick" categories and earned "Top Safety Pick Plus" status with a "Superior" rating for front crash prevention for models equipped with optional Forward Emergency Braking.

2015 Nissan Murano Received "Top Safety Pick Plus" From IIHS
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Two years ago IIHS introduced more stringent criteria and requirements for the "Top Safety Pick Plus" designation. The established "Top Safety Pick" award recognizes passenger vehicles that excel in protecting passengers in moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests and also achieve a "good" or "acceptable" rating in the small overlap frontal test. For a "Top Safety Pick Plus," the vehicle must meet "Top Safety Pick" criteria, as well as earn an "advanced" or "superior" rating for front crash prevention.

"The designation of the IIHS ’Top Safety Pick Plus’ for the all-new 2015 Murano is exactly what Nissan expected for a vehicle that has always set the trends in its segment," said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing, Parts & Service, U.S.A, Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA). "This Murano has once again raised the bar for Midsize Crossovers in terms of modern styling, levels of interior refinement, luxury and technology in its class. At Nissan, we are happy to add the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus rating to the list."

Standard safety and security features on all 2015 Murano trim levels include the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors; front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags; roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags with rollover sensor for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection; driver supplemental knee air bag; 3-point front and rear seatbelts, front seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters and adjustable upper anchors; and LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren).

Every Murano also offers child safety rear door locks; Zone Body construction featuring front and rear crumple zones and occupant zone; Nissan Immobilizer system and anti-theft alarm system; and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with position monitoring and Nissan’s innovative Easy Fill Tire Alert, which sounds the car horn to notify a person filling a tire with air when the recommended tire pressure has been reached. Also standard on Murano are a suite of confidence-inspiring dynamic technologies, including Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS).

2015 Nissan Murano Received "Top Safety Pick Plus" From IIHS
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Murano offers Around View® Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD) system that features four small superwide-angle cameras mounted on the front, side and rear of the vehicle that provide a "bird’s eye" virtual 360° view of objects around the vehicle. It provides additional selectable split-screen close-ups of the front, rear and curb views, helping the driver maneuver the car in or out of tight spots.

Moving Object Detection builds on the capabilities of the AVM system, helping enhance the driver’s situational awareness by providing visual and audible warnings (front, side or back range object detection) if the system detects moving objects (such as another vehicle) within the displayed image in situations such as pulling out of a parking space.

Using sophisticated image processing technology, the system detects moving objects within the virtual "bird’s eye view" (when the vehicle is in Park). When starting off or backing up, it detects moving objects crossing within the front or rear views, respectively.

Other available* Murano "Safety Shield" technologies include Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW), Forward Emergency Braking (FEB), and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA). Also available on certain models is a Driver Attention Alert (DAA) system**, which alerts the driver when drowsy or inattentive driving is detected.

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