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The Frontier scores well in crash tests, and it's one of the few pickups to do well in roof strength, too.
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Good in frontal and side impact; good, roof strength; acceptable, rear impact

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Nissan's earned many kudos for the Frontier, and it's our top-rated mid-size pickup. One of the reasons is safety. The Frontier gets better crash-test scores than any other mid-size or compact pickup on the market today.

Sharing its frame rails with the bigger Titan seems to have paid off. Though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hasn't updated the Frontier's ratings since a 2011 change in criteria, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has. The IIHS calls Nissan's pickup "good" in front, side, and roof-crush tests, though it gets an "acceptable" rating for rear impacts. Those ratings are substantially better than other trucks in its class.

Otherwise, the Frontier has a reasonably good safety-features list, though it's worth pointing out that four-cylinder models have a less expensive anti-lock braking and stability control system that only controls the rear wheels--a less costly, but less than ideal solution.

There are no options for features like a rearview camera on the Frontier, but Bluetooth is available.


The Frontier scores well in crash tests, and it's one of the few pickups to do well in roof strength, too.

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