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.