We’re expecting good things from the 2011 Grand Cherokee in the crash tests yet to come from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The agency hasn’t tested the new Jeep yet, but the industry-funded Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has—and it’s named the Grand Cherokee one of its Top Safety Picks for 2011.
The Cherokee has the requisite list of standard safety gear, including dual front, side, and curtain airbags; traction and stability control; anti-lock brakes with integral trailer-sway control; and rough-road detection logic. Hill-start and hill-descent help are programmed into its stability systems, and active headrests are standard, too.
Safety options include parking sensors and a rearview camera; blind-spot detectors; adaptive cruise control; and a collision-warning system that senses when the SUV is approaching cars ahead too rapidly and sounds a warning.
Visibility is impressive in the airy Grand Cherokee. The hood’s shaped to give a good sense of the front corners, and the pillars are thin and let the driver gauge the rear quarters well.