2016 Nissan Frontier

small pickup / Extended cab pickup

Crashworthiness

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

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights
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
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver 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 2015-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2017 Nissan Frontier SV King Cab 2wd

The Nissan Frontier King Cab 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.

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

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

View of the vehicle after the crash with the front door 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. (The head was also contacted by the side torso airbag.)

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

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES1703
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -16.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES1703
Head HIC-15 138
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Compression (kN) 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 21
Lateral force (kN) 1.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 35
Average deflection (mm) 30
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.95
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.53
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.2
Combined force (kN) 3.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.1
L-M moment (Nm) 140
A-P moment (Nm) 13

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES1703
Head HIC-15 134
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.4
Compression (kN) 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 42
Lateral force (kN) 1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 29
Average deflection (mm) 19
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.43
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.35
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.1
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.5
Combined force (kN) 2.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.9
L-M moment (Nm) 126
A-P moment (Nm) -23

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2016-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2017 Nissan Frontier SV King Cab 2wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 4,104 lbs
Peak force 18,938 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.61

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

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

Headlights

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
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.

Technical measurements for this test
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 2016-19 models
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

How headlights are evaluated