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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Highest overall rating of "good
Four stars for front impacts; five stars for side impacts
active headrests for the front seats
Car and Driver
The 2009 Nissan Frontier has more safety features than other small pickups, along with good crash-test results.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the Frontier its top rating of "good." The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rates the 2009 Nissan Frontier at four stars for front impacts and five stars for side impacts.
Standard safety features on the 2009 Nissan Frontier include anti-lock brakes and front airbags. Stability control and side airbags—two features not even offered in some small pickups—are available as options, as are curtain airbags. Car and Driver notes that additional safety features that come standard on all trim levels include "active headrests for the front seats," as well as a tire pressure monitoring system and seatbelt pretensioners. Cars.com reports that "all-disc antilock brakes are standard."
The 2009 Nissan Frontier offers more safety than you might find in other compact trucks.