2016 Jeep Wrangler Safety

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Let's get this out of the way: If top crash-tests and occupant safety are your priority, then you're in the wrong place. The 2016 Jeep Wrangler hasn't fared well in crash tests, and with its tall, top-heavy design, it's clear that heritage and off-road prowess took precedence over security and family-vehicle pragmatism.

The Wrangler continues to lack advanced-safety features; but we don't think that's going to turn off very many Wrangler shoppers. Stability control and anti-lock brakes are standard, as is hill-start assist for manual-transmission models and trailer-sway control for towing.

The 2016 Jeep Wrangler has some truly poor crash-test ratings.

One thing that may come to a surprise for some shoppers is that side-impact bags remain an option ($490) on both the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. They are seat-mounted units in both cases.

Visibility can be challenging with the top up, and there's no rearview camera system. As it is—and as the typical Wrangler owner would retort—it's easy to see out, provided you remove the top.

The IIHS hasn't rated the Wrangler well. The two-door Wrangler is rated "Good" for frontal impact, "Marginal" in the small overlap frontal test and in the seat-based rear-impact category, and just "Poor" for side impact. Four-door Wrangler Unlimited models have the same frontal and rear ratings, but they get somewhat better side-impact scores of "Marginal."

In NHTSA, the Wrangler earns a low score for rollover resistance—three stars out of five—while it has not put the Wrangler through any of its other crash tests.

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