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1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Midsize SUV
1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee shown
1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee shown
Crashworthiness
  • Moderate overlap front
    M

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Model year Front overlap Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention
Small Moderate
2016
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Basic
autobrake
not tested
2015
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
2014
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
2013
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Basic
2012
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2011
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
G
M
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
G
M
G
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
M
G
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
M
G
Crash avoidance rating
2006
G
M
G
Crash avoidance rating
2005
G
M
G
Crash avoidance rating
2004
M
Crash avoidance rating
2003
M
Crash avoidance rating
2002
M
Crash avoidance rating
2001
M
Crash avoidance rating
2000
M
Crash avoidance rating
1999
M
Crash avoidance rating
1998
M
Crash avoidance rating
1997
M
Crash avoidance rating
1996
M
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 1996-98 models

Overall evaluation
M
Structure and safety cage
A
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
P
Leg/foot, right
P
Restraints and dummy kinematics
A
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee was introduced in the 1993 model year. Frontal airbags for both the driver and passenger became standard beginning with the 1996 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the head, neck, and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on both tibias indicate that injuries to the lower legs would be likely. Head acceleration from the roof rail hit was low. The B-pillar hit occurred so late in the crash that accelerations weren't recorded.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was reasonably well controlled. During rebound, the top of the dummy's head hit the roof rail, and the back of its head hit the B-pillar. Also, there was too much upward movement of the steering wheel.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,805 lbs.
Side airbags none
Wheelbase 106 in.
Length 177 in.
Width 70 in.
Engine 4.0 L inline 6-cylinder, 5.2 L V8
EPA ratings 15 mpg city / 20 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CF96001
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 20
Left (cm) 18
Center (cm) 20
Right (cm) 26
Brake pedal (cm) 19
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 5
Right (cm) 4
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 13
Rearward (cm) 4
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 2

Driver injury measures

Test ID CF96001
Head
HIC-15 553
Peak gs at hard contact 7
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.7
Extension bending moment (Nm) 18
Maximum Nij 0.35
Chest maximum compression (mm) 35
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 4.2
Femur force - right (kN) 2.7
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 1.26
Maximum tibia index - right 1.24
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 4.0
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 1.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 85
Right 87
1
Built-in child restraints (optional, 1995-96 models)
2
Antilock brakes

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