2012 Jeep Wrangler Safety

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On-road ride and handling aside, safety is perhaps the most significant red flag for the 2012 Jeep Wrangler.

While the Wrangler hasn't yet been tested by the federal government new, tougher crash-test system introduced last year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) hasn't rated this Jeep very well. The two-door Wrangler is rated 'good' for frontal impact, 'moderate' in the seat-based rear-impact test, and just 'poor' for side impact; the four-door Wrangler Unlimited has the same frontal and rear ratings but a better (though still worrisome) 'moderate' rating for side impact.

Another surprise shoppers might find in this respect is that side-impact bags remain an option ($490) on the Wrangler Unlimited and aren't even available on the two-door Wrangler. Otherwise, the Wrangler does come with quite a few safety features—including anti-lock brakes and stability control, plus two off-road aids: Hill Start Assist (HSA) to prevent rollback on graded surfaces, and Trailer Sway Control (TSC), which monitors vehicle movement relative to the intended path. 

The 2012 Jeep Wrangler comes with some electronic aids that might increase safety on the trail, but families should be a little worried about its safety on the road

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