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2003 Nissan Frontier

Small pickup
  • Moderate overlap front
    M
1998 Nissan Frontier shown
1998 Nissan Frontier shown
1
Electronic stability control (optional beginning with 2003 models)
2
Antilock brakes (standard on all 2003-04 models, 2001-02 V6 models, and 1998-2004 4-wheel-drive models). Note: rear-wheel antilock brakes standard on 2001-02 4-cylinder models and 1998-2000 rear-wheel-drive models.
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
G
G
G
A
2013
G
G
G
A
2012
G
G
G
A
2011
G
G
G
A
2010
G
G
G
A
2009
G
G
M
G
P
2008
G
G
M
G
P
2007
G
G
M
G
P
2006
G
G
M
G
P
2005
G
G
M
G
P
2004
M
2003
M
2002
M
2001
M
2000
M
1999
M
1998
M

Applies to 1998-2004 models

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

The Nissan Frontier was introduced in the 1998 model year.

Injury measures

Measures from the chest indicate low risk of injuries to this body region in a crash of this severity. A high head acceleration occurred when the dummy's head hit the steering wheel through the airbag indicating that injuries to the head could be possible. Forces on both tibias indicate that injuries to the lower left leg would be likely and injuries to the lower right leg would be possible. Accelerations on the left foot indicate that injuries to the foot would be possible. Head acceleration from the B-pillar hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was reasonably well controlled. There was too much upward movement of the steering wheel. After the dummy moved forward into the airbag, it rebounded into the seat. Then it moved toward the driver door, which had bowed outward, and its head hit the B-pillar.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle1998 Nissan Frontier XE (2wd regular cab)
Weight 3,020 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase104 in.
Length191 in.
Width66 in.
Engine2.4 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings22 mpg city / 26 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCF98005
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)20
Left (cm)23
Center (cm)21
Right (cm)15
Brake pedal (cm)23
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)8
Right (cm)8
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)14
Rearward (cm)-3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)4

Driver injury measures

Test IDCF98005
Head
HIC-15642
Peak gs at hard contact84
Neck
Tension (kN)1.8
Extension bending moment (Nm)13
Maximum Nij 0.36
Chest maximum compression (mm)38
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.4
Femur force - right (kN)3.8
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)9
Maximum tibia index - left1.40
Maximum tibia index - right1.17
Tibia axial force - left (kN)7.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN)4.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left203
Right133

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