2009 Nissan Frontier

small pickup / Crew cab pickup

2009 Nissan Frontier Crew cab pickup
2008 Nissan Frontier shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side with optional side airbags
Side without optional side airbags
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2005-12 models

Tested vehicle: 2008 Nissan Frontier SE Crew Cab 2wd

The Nissan Frontier Crew Cab and King Cab were redesigned for the 2005 model year and are significantly larger and heavier than previous models. The Suzuki Equator Crew Cab and Extended Cab were introduced in the 2009 model year. Two tests of the Frontier were conducted, one by the Institute of a 2wd King Cab and the other by Nissan of a 2wd Crew Cab as part of frontal crash test verification. The overall rating of Good is based on review of both tests, which independently result in overall ratings of Good. The ratings and vehicle specifications based on Nissan's test are shown below because the 2wd Crew Cab is similar to the configuration of other pickups tested more recently.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the Institute's frontal offset crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well (Institute test vehicle shown).

Dummy movement was well controlled in both tests. During rebound, the dummy's head hit only the head restraint.

In both tests, forces on the left knee and the right lower leg were high enough to indicate the possibility of injuries (Institute test shown).

Side

Rating applies to 2005-09 models

Tested vehicle: 2010 Nissan Frontier SE Crew Cab 2wd with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Nissan Frontier was redesigned for the 2005 model year and is significantly larger and heavier than previous models. Side airbags became standard beginning with 2010 models (they had been optional in 2005-09 models). The Suzuki Equator was introduced in the 2009 model year with standard side airbags. Structure ratings are based on this test and on an earlier test of a 2008 Frontier model without side airbags.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain airbag.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Rating applies to 2005-09 models

Tested vehicle: 2008 Nissan Frontier LE Crew Cab 2wd without optional side airbags

The Nissan Frontier was redesigned for the 2005 model year and is significantly larger and heavier than previous models. The otherwise similar Suzuki Equator was introduced in the 2009 model year, but these ratings do not apply to the Equator because it has standard side airbags. Structure ratings are based on this test and on a later test of a 2010 Frontier model with side airbags.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

Smeared yellow greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was hit by the arm stub.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy's head was hit by the pillar behind the rear door and the window glass.

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2005-15 models

Tested vehicle: 2010 Nissan Frontier SE Crew Cab 2wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 4,265 lbs
Peak force 17,535 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.11

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2005-09 models

Seat type: Seats without adjustable lumbar AHR

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry

Rating applies to 2005-09 models

Seat type: Seats with adjustable lumbar AHR

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry