The Jeep Wrangler, though one of the most iconic SUVs ever to hit production, has long been dogged for its poor safety ratings and lackluster reliability, and this new video may be another nail in the coffin.
While many Jeep Wrangler fans were hoping for redemption with the new crash test safety ratings, it turns out that the 2019 Jeep Wrangler is still not doing well when it comes to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s(IIHS) crash test safety ratings.
Yes, Jeep Wranglers are strong and sturdy. These SUVs are some of the gnarliest rock crawlers around. If you do crash and roll they –– in theory –– will protect you if you’re in your seatbelt. Wranglers are undeniably cool. But apparently, cool doesn’t really translate to safe. These new crash test videos are alarming to say the least.
The following video is from the IIHS Highway Loss Data Institute(HLDI) crash test for the 2019 Jeep Wrangler. The video clearly shows what can happen if you are in your Jeep Wrangler and encounter a collision on the drivers side.
The Jeep Wrangler is one of the only vehicles to flip like this in a crash test. Following these test results, the Jeep Wrangler earned what IIHS calls “marginal” ratings. Unheard of as it may be, in the driver-side small overlap front crash test the 2019 Wrangler tipped over onto its passenger side upon striking the test barrier.
This is a basically unprecedented abysmal crash test result. The Jeep Wrangler already gets a bad rap for safety and this just makes it look worse. We love Jeeps for off-roading, but we won’t be recommending them in terms of safety.
Why does the Wrangler flip like that?
The 2019 Jeep Wrangler was evaluated in three different driver-side small overlap crash tests. One was done by Fiat Chrysler as part of the Institute’s verification test program. The other two were executed at the Institute’s official Vehicle Research Center.
And the Jeep Wrangler didn’t only flip in one test. This wasn’t a fluke or a freak accident. In each of the tests performed by IIHS, the Wrangler rolled onto its passenger side after it struck the barrier.
The Wrangler was OK in some expected performance areas in terms of the driver-side small overlap test. For the driver, space was maintained and the dummy showed minimal potential driver injury. The issue, however, is that according to IIHS the incomplete rollover is a display of excessive injury risk “beyond what the standard criteria are intended to measure.”
In short, a vehicle tipping over is just not ok for the results of a frontal crash. The Wrangler’s overall rating has been reduced significantly.
The Jeep Wrangler rollover takeaway
The Jeep Wrangler is an extremely capable SUV. It’s absolutely one of our top picks for rock crawling or off-roading of any kind. It’s a national icon with admirable military roots. But, due to this new crash test data, it got abysmal safety ratings, so tread with caution.
While we will choose the Jeep Wrangler all day long for hitting the trails and going off road. But when it comes to safety the 2019 Wrangler doesn’t cut it. For the price of a Jeep Wrangler, purpose built though they may be, we wish they were a little more well-rounded when it comes to safety.