2013 Nissan Frontier

small pickup / Crew cab pickup

2013 Nissan Frontier Crew cab pickup
2010 Nissan Frontier shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Front crash prevention
Not available

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 2013-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2013 Nissan Frontier SV King Cab 4wd

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.

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

Measures of occupant 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

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2012-14 models

Tested vehicle: 2012 Nissan Frontier SV 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. The Suzuki Equator was introduced in the 2009 model year and discontinued after the 2012 model year. Beginning with 2012 models, design changes were made to the side curtain airbags in both the Frontier and Equator to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes. 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, the structure rating of the most recent model is based on both Nissan's test and two earlier Institute tests of 2008 and 2010 Frontier models.

Rating applies to 2012-14 models

Tested vehicle:2012 Nissan Frontier SV Crew Cab 2wd

The Nissan Frontier was redesigned for the 2005 model year. The Suzuki Equator was introduced in the 2009 model year and discontinued after the 2012 model year. Beginning with 2012 models, design changes were made to the side curtain airbags in both the Frontier and Equator to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes. 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, the structure rating of the most recent model is based on both Nissan's test and two earlier Institute tests of 2008 and 2010 Frontier models.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

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

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES0819 CES0931 VTS1108
Head HIC-15 62 107 113
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3 1.0 1.0
Compression (kN) 0.0 0.2 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 32 40 48
Lateral force (kN) 1.5 1.1 1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 59 39 43
Average deflection (mm) 42 37 39
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 5.56 3.72 3.43
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 1.62 0.61 0.64
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.6 0.8 1.5
Acetabulum force (kN) 3.3 2.6 2.6
Combined force (kN) 4.9 3.4 4.0
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.7 0.7 0.9
L-M moment (Nm) 118 140 139
A-P moment (Nm) -54 -52 25

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES0819 CES0931 VTS1108
Head HIC-15 148 229 197
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.7 0.3 0.3
Compression (kN) 0.1 0.8 0.9
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 38 34 32
Lateral force (kN) 1.8 1.3 1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 40 43 37
Average deflection (mm) 31 30 32
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.33 4.35 2.58
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.44 0.53 0.49
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.2 0.3 0.3
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.5 1.4 1.5
Combined force (kN) 1.5 1.4 1.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.6 0.5 0.8
L-M moment (Nm) 139 87 44
A-P moment (Nm) -42 -26 50

How the side crash test is conducted

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

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2010-19 models

Seat type: Manual cloth seats AHR

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
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

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted