Crash test and safety ratings cannot be manipulated. Read on to learn exactly how safe the Jeep Wrangler is for you and your passengers.By Charlie Gaston – November 25, 2015 

This article applies to the Jeep Wrangler JK (2007-present).

The two leading agencies or organizations tasked with measuring vehicle-related crashes include the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). All findings associated with vehicle crash tests are made available to the manufacturer, consumers and the automotive market at large. If a vehicle is found to be less than safe, it can receive as little as one star, which should be a clear sign to consumers to beware. Let’s take a look at how the 2007-present Jeep Wrangler fared.

Crash Tests and Safety Ratings

National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Findings from crash tests carried out by the NHTSA prove to be highly favorable for the 2007-present Jeep Wrangler. Notable findings include:

  • In both driver-side and passenger-side frontal crash tests, the 2007-present Jeep Wrangler earned a 5-star rating.
  • Two-wheel drive models have less than a 20% chance of rollover, which earns the Jeep a 4-star rating.
  • Four-wheel drive models have less than a 30% chance of rollover, which earns the Jeep a 3-star rating.
  • Two-wheel and four-wheel drive Jeep Wranglers come fully loaded with electronic stability control, an active safety feature designed for improved safety on the road.

Figure 1. The Jeep Wrangler earned a 5-star rating in the front crash test.

Side Crash Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Jeep Wrangler a “poor” rating when it comes to side crashes. However, it’s important to note the 2007-present Jeep Wrangler comes with tempered glass, which is four times stronger than regular glass, for improved safety during side impact. The Jeep Wrangler can be upgraded with laminate for even greater safety and protection.

High Consumer Satisfaction

The Jeep Wrangler remains a top seller among consumers for not only its drive and handling but also its impressive safety features. Look on any forum and you’ll see Jeep owners raving about how their vehicle proved durable enough to withstand front and side impact damage with zero to minimum physical trauma. Of course, there are ways to improve your safety, and that includes keeping your tires in good working condition, following posted speed signs at all times and keeping up with all scheduled maintenance on your vehicle (see your owner’s manual for suggested intervals).

Figure 2. Safety starts with the Jeep Wrangler.

Common Questions

What happens if a vehicle is recalled due to safety concerns?

The manufacturer will repair your vehicle at absolutely no cost to you.

Where can I find all crash test results?

The fastest and most convenient place to check is the Internet. Government websites such as are recommended. Car manufacturers also have crash test results at their disposal. Be sure to ask for all crash test results on the vehicle in question, not just the most favorable ones, such as frontal crash test results.

Has the IIHS pushed for ESC on all vehicles?

Yes! The fact that it is installed on all two-wheel and four-wheel drive 2007-present Jeep Wranglers is a huge plus for many Jeep owners.

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