Nissan Frontier1998-2004 models
MODERATE OVERLAP FRONT TEST
|Structure/safety cage||Injury measures||Restraints/dummy kinematics|
|Head/neck||Chest||Leg/foot, left||Leg/foot, right|
Important: Frontal crash test ratings can be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.
Good Acceptable Marginal Poor
The Nissan Frontier was introduced in the 1998 model year.
Restraints/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.
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.
Left to right:
- Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.
- Post-crash damage shot.
- The steering wheel moved up sharply during the offset test. This contributed to the dummy's head bottoming out the airbag and hitting the wheel.
- Electronic stability control (optional beginning with 2003 models)
- 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.
Tested vehicle specifications:
- 1998 Nissan Frontier XE (2wd regular cab)
- Class: Small pickup
- Weight: 3,020 lbs.
- Side airbags: none
- Wheelbase: 104 in.
- Length: 191 in.
- Width: 66 in.
- Engine: 2.4 L 4-cylinder
- EPA ratings: 22 mpg city | 26 mpg highway