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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Four stars overall; four stars frontal protection, five stars side protection, four stars rollover resistance (AWD), three stars rollover resistance (RWD)
Top Safety Pick for 2012
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 current Jeep Grand Cherokee has proven to be a safe performer, scoring well in crash tests in the past two years, with a minor blot on its record and some missing information for the 2013 model year.
The insurance industry-funded Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) called the Grand Cherokee a Top Safety Pick in the 2012 model year; it carried over its 2012 performance. The IIHS hasn't updated its 2013 information as of yet and it's contemplating the addition of a more severe front-impact test to its rankings, so for now, the structurally unchanged Grand Cherokee is without a rating from that agency.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has updated its scores, and it awards the Grand Cherokee four stars overall, with a five-star rating for side impact protection. 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.All the usual airbags and stability control systems are standard in the Grand Cherokee, as are trailer-sway control, hill-descent control and hill-start assistance--functions of anti-lock braking and clever programming. 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.
Safety scores are good, mostly, and the Grand Cherokee offers some high-tech safety options.