Compact and mid-size pickups have typically sacrificed a little safety in the name of maximizing their capability; but the 2013 Nissan Frontier takes good care of those in front, as well. It's our top pick in this category, in part because of its relatively good safety scores and a strong list of safety features. And this year, Nissan has added some more modern safety aids, like a backup camera and sonar parking sensors, to the feature set of much of the lineup.
Simply put, the Frontier gets better crash-test scores than any other mid-size or compact pickup on the market today. Though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hasn't rated the Frontier in recent model years, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates it 'good' in front, side, and roof-crush tests, though it gets an 'acceptable' rating for rear impacts. For roof strength in particular, it stands out as a step above any other model in the class.
For 2013, Nissan has expanded availability of Bluetooth to all models but the base S, and both a backup camera system and new sonar parking system have been added; and they're available as part of a new Value Truck Package.