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.