2003 Nissan Frontier

small pickup / Regular cab pickup

2003 Nissan Frontier Regular cab pickup
1998 Nissan Frontier shown


Rating overview
Moderate overlap front


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Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 1998-2004 models

Tested vehicle: 1998 Nissan Frontier XE regular cab 2wd

The Nissan Frontier was introduced in the 1998 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
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.

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.