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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Four stars overall
Top Safety Pick
Rear parking sensors and a backup camera are optional, and collision-warning and blind-spot monitoring systems are bundled together in an option package for Limited and Overland trims.
The latest Grand Cherokee has been a top scholar in in crash tests, earning very good grades from both agencies.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the Grand Cherokee four stars, with a five-star score for side impacts. In rollover resistance, the rear-drive Jeep rates only three stars, more typical for SUVs than crossovers, while four-wheel-drive Cherokees are rated at four stars.
The industry-funded Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) calls the Grand Cherokee one of its Top Safety Picks for the 2012 model year, a repeat from its 2011 performance.The Grand Cherokee comes with all the usual standard safety equipment, all the required airbags and stability devices, as well as trailer-sway control, hill-descent control and hill-start assistance. Active headrests are standard as well.
Among its worthwhile safety options are a rearview camera and parking sensors; blind-spot monitors; adaptive cruise control; and a collision-warning system that warns drivers when vehicles in the lane ahead are approaching rapidly.The airy Grand Cherokee provides drivers with great visibility. 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.
The IIHS calls the Jeep a Top Safety Pick, and options include the latest safety technology.