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SAFETY | 5 out of 10
'Good,' frontal offset; ‘marginal,’ side, and rear impacts; ‘marginal,’ roof strength
'Good,' frontal offset; ‘poor,’ side, and rear impacts; ‘marginal,’ roof strength
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The 2014 Jeep Wrangler does a better job with family utility than you might expect, but there are still a few significant safety concerns.
There are more than just a couple safety features built into the Wrangler–stability control and anti-lock brakes, Hill Start Assist for manual transmission models and Trailer Sway Control for towing.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) hasn't rated this Jeep very well, and this is what's most concerning: The two-door Wrangler is rated 'good' for frontal impact, 'moderate' in the seat-based rear-impact test, and just 'poor' for side impact. Four-door Wrangler Unlimited models have the same frontal and rear ratings, but they get side-impact scores of 'moderate'--better, but still not top-notch.
One thing that may come to a surprise for some shoppers is that side-impact bags remain an option ($490) on the Wrangler Unlimited and aren't even available on the two-door Wrangler.
Crash-test scores are among the lowest of today's passenger vehicles.