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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
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Five stars, front impact; three stars, rollover rating
Good," front impact; "marginal," side impact
Experts at TheCarConnection.com note that the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee aces most frontal-impact crash tests, but side impacts and rollover protection are less satisfying.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in frontal impact crash tests, gave Grand Cherokee Jeep five stars out of five, but only three for rollover resistance. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the 2008 Jeep its highest rating of "good" for front and rear collisions; the Grand Cherokee Jeep received only a "marginal" rating for side impacts.
ConsumerGuide lists standard safety equipment on the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee as including "anti-lock brakes, skid control system with rollover mitigation, and side curtain airbag." Reviewers note the rear backup camera and park-assist system are great options to help avoid fender benders in the 2008 Jeep.
ConsumerGuide also remarks that Grand Cherokee Jeep's "visibility is a bit cluttered to the right rear, and thick windshield pillars hinder seeing around some corners."
The 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers good safety for occupants with a five-star frontal crash rating, but side impacts are a concern.