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The 2011 Nissan Frontier is quite respectable in safety, relative to other trucks its size—and one of few to score well in roof strength.
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Good in frontal and side impact; good, roof strength; poor, rear impact

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active headrests for the front seats
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While the 2011 Nissan Frontier doesn't quite cover all the bases in safety, it's one of the safer picks among trucks this size—and its shared underpinnings with the larger Titan pickups might just have a role in that.

The Nissan Frontier has earned top 'good' scores in all categories of IIHS testing except for the seat-based rear impact test. Nissan has finally upgraded its seats, which had long earned it just a 'poor' rating in rear impact, but even the new design doesn't perform so well; it's now rated 'acceptable.'

However, it's also one of the best in its class in some important respects. Last year it was the only one, of five compact and mid-size pickups tested, to earn a 'good' rating in roof strength.

The 2011 Frontier hasn't been rated under the newly revised federal testing system; but in the former—largely more lenient—ratings, it achieved a mix of four- and five-star ratings in federal frontal tests and five stars in NHTSA's side test.

Otherwise, the Frontier has a reasonably good safety-features list, though electronic stability control isn't offered on four-cylinder models (it's standard with the V-6). Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control testify to the Frontier's off-roading credentials. Cars.com reports that "all-disc antilock brakes are standard," and Car and Driver notes the "active headrests for the front seats," as well as a tire pressure monitoring system and seatbelt pretensioners. 


The 2011 Nissan Frontier is quite respectable in safety, relative to other trucks its size—and one of few to score well in roof strength.

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