ANCAP has awarded the Nissan Navara NP300 its top 5-star rating for crash safety, with the Thai-built ute joining the Mazda BT-50, Mitsubishi Triton, Ford Ranger, Volkswagen Amarok and Isuzu D-Max at the top of the safety heap.
Dual cab variants scored 35.01 out of 37 possible points, while the single-cab Navara NP300 rated slightly lower at 34.01 out of 37. That puts it only slightly behind the 35.72 Ranger's score and well ahead of the Amarok's 32.99.
The Triton is the best of the bunch, with a 36.22 ANCAP safety score.
However, while testing the Navara, ANCAP flagged the dual-cab's top tether child seat anchorage straps as being unsatisfactory and had earlier withheld the Navara's score from release "until a satisfactory remedy was developed".
Nissan complied and developed an strengthened anchorage, satisfying ANCAP requirements for a 5-Star safety rating.
All Navara variants are equipped with a broad array of safety equipment, the majority of it similar to what's now found in the average passenger car.
Stability control, traction control, ABS, brake assist and electronic brake force distribution are standard, along with three-point seatbelts for all occupants and dual front, front-side, full-length curtain and a driver's knee airbag.