The latch is underneath the front cap at the center. It has a spring-loaded handle so it doesn't jar open and release. Other than getting down on hands & knees, that's not the hard part. The difficulty on the manual (not powered) models like the Tradition is pulling the entire front cap assembly open. That sucker is heavy and hard to get started moving. Once it starts rolling, though, it moves OK. On my '04 and would tug it a few inches at a time until I could slide in behind it, brace my back on the firewall, and give a good push. Once it is open, you have easy access to the wiper bottle, generator manual controls and radiator, the door lock alarm sounder, and a bunch of wiring.
The OEM front cap latch should look like this
., but some owners changed it because it popped open despite the latching handle.