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2016 Nissan Frontier

Small pickup
2010 Nissan Frontier shown
2010 Nissan Frontier shown
Crashworthiness
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    A

Crash avoidance & Mitigation
Front crash prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Not available

Headlights
P

Child Seat Anchors (LATCH)
ease of use
M

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Model year Small overlap front Moderate overlap front Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention Headlights LATCH ease of use
Driver Passenger
2017
M
G
G
G
A
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
P
M
2016
G
G
G
A
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
P
M
2015
G
G
G
A
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
M
2014
G
G
G
A
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2013
G
G
G
A
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2012
G
G
G
A
Crash avoidance rating
2011
G
G
G
A
Crash avoidance rating
2010
G
G
G
A
Crash avoidance rating
2009
G
G
M
G
P
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
G
M
G
P
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
G
M
G
P
Crash avoidance rating
2006
G
G
M
G
P
Crash avoidance rating
2005
G
G
M
G
P
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2013-17 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
M
Leg/foot, right
A
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Nissan Frontier Crew Cab and King Cab were redesigned for the 2005 model year. Beginning with 2013 models, design changes were made to the frontal airbags and seat belts.

Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Nissan as part of frontal crash test verification. (The vehicle tested by Nissan was designated as a 2012 model but included the airbag and seat belt changes of the 2013 models.) Because the vehicle structure did not change after 2005, structure ratings are based this test as well as two earlier tests of the Frontier, one a 2005 model and the other a 2008 model.

The moderate overlap frontal ratings apply to both the Crew Cab and King Cab models.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the head, neck, and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on the left knee, left and right tibias, and right foot indicate that left knee, left and right lower leg, and right foot injuries would be possible.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. After the dummy moved forward into the airbag, it rebounded into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2013 Nissan Frontier SV King Cab 4wd
Weight 4,347 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 126 in.
Length 206 in.
Width 73 in.
Engine 4.0 L V6
EPA ratings 15 mpg city / 21 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0504 VTF0812 VTF1216
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 11 12 12
Left (cm) 12 13 20
Center (cm) 14 15 16
Right (cm) 12 13 17
Brake pedal (cm) 7 6 5
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1 0 -1
Right (cm) 1 -1 -2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 4 3 4
Rearward (cm) 0 1 -2
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 2 3 2

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1216
Head
HIC-15 333
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm) 19
Maximum Nij 0.27
Chest maximum compression (mm) 36
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 3.5
Femur force - right (kN) 2.2
Knee displacement - left (mm) 13
Knee displacement - right (mm) 7
Maximum tibia index - left 1.01
Maximum tibia index - right 0.78
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.0
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 4.3
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 137
Right 163

Applies to 2015-17 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Nissan Frontier was redesigned for the 2005 model year. Beginning with 2012 models, design changes were made to the side curtain airbags to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes. Beginning with 2015 models, design changes were made to the side torso airbags and front door trim panels to further improve protection for front seat occupants.

Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Nissan as part of side crash test verification. However, because there were no significant side structural changes since the 2005 model year, the structure rating of the most recent model is based on this Nissan test and an earlier test of a 2012 Frontier model plus two Institute tests of 2008 and 2010 models. Rear passenger dummy injury and head protection ratings are based on the two Nissan tests (2015 and 2012 models), because no changes were made affecting rear seat occupants since 2012.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof and a side airbag that deployed from the seat.

Passenger — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2015 Nissan Frontier SV Crew Cab 4wd
Weight 4,528 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 126 in.
Length 206 in.
Width 73 in.
Engine 4.0 L V6
EPA ratings 15 mpg city / 21 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES0819 CES0931 VTS1108 VTS1415
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-15.0 -15.5 -16.0 -14.0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1415
Head HIC-15 131
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Compression (kN) 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 35
Lateral force (kN) 1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 38
Average deflection (mm) 33
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.50
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.73
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.6
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.6
Combined force (kN) 4.0
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.1
L-M moment (Nm) 20
A-P moment (Nm) 115

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1108 VTS1415
Head HIC-15 197 205
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.3 0.6
Compression (kN) 0.9 1.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 32 34
Lateral force (kN) 1.5 1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 37 41
Average deflection (mm) 32 32
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.58 4.46
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.49 0.51
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.3 0.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.5 1.1
Combined force (kN) 1.4 1.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.8 0.8
L-M moment (Nm) 44 18
A-P moment (Nm) 50 120

Applies to 2016-17 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight 4,224 lbs
Peak force 20,487 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.85
Tested vehicle
2017 Nissan Frontier SV Crew Cab 2wd
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2010-17 models

Overall evaluation
A
Dynamic rating
A
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Manual cloth seats AHR

How this test is conducted

Seat type Manual cloth seats AHR
Geometry
Backset (mm) 44
Distance below top of head (mm) 48
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 12.4
Head contact time (ms) 53
Force rating 2
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 152
Max neck tension (N) 645

Applies to 2013-17 models

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Not available
0 points total

Forward collision warning

Not available.
0 points

Low-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

High-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

How this rating is determined

Trim level(s)
  • All trims
Low-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? No
Overall rating
P
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams created some glare.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • All trims
Low-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2016-17 models
P
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 71.1 m None
Straightaway left edge 32.8 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 45.5 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 38.4 m 12.9 %
150m radius right curve, right edge 41.4 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 32.9 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 125.9 m
Straightaway left edge 100.2 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 60.7 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 63.2 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 49.0 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 50.2 m

Applies to 2015-17 models

How this rating is determined

Overall evaluation

M
Vehicle trim SV Crew Cab
Seat type cloth

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

1 2 3


Good
Acceptable
Marginal
Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
Tether anchor
Lower anchors
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
hard-to-find location
other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
difficult to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
hard-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
hard-to-find location
other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
difficult to maneuver around anchors

Seat position 21

3
Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) 45
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) 44
Tether anchor
Location Back wall
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 22

2
Lower anchor A
No lower latch for this seat position
Lower anchor B
No lower latch for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Back wall
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1
Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) 45
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) 53
Tether anchor
Location Back wall
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
3
Electronic stability control
4
Antilock brakes

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