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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
Five stars, front impact protection
Four door, Good and Marginal; two-door Acceptable and Marginal
optional side airbags
The 2009 Jeep Wrangler offers numerous safety features that come in handy for off-road purposes, such as stability control and traction control, but side airbags remain optional. It also features anti-lock brakes and two flavors of four-wheel drive: one suited for more normal use, the other for hard-core off-roading.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Wrangler Jeep two-doors received “good” ratings for front-impact safety and “marginal” protection for side impacts; four-doors get “acceptable” front-impact ratings and “marginal” side-impact ratings. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rates both two- and four-door Wranglers at five stars for front-impact protection. Side-impact data is unavailable from NHTSA.
"Optional side airbags," says Cars.com, are placed in the seats, providing a higher level of safety than the 2009 Wranglers without these airbags.
The 2009 Jeep Wrangler earns good safety ratings and offers most of the expected safety features—but it sorely lacks standard side airbags.