2001 Jeep Cherokee

small SUV / 4-door SUV

2001 Jeep Cherokee 4-door SUV
1998 Jeep Cherokee shown


Rating overview
Moderate overlap front


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Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 1997-2001 models

Tested vehicle: 1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4-door 4wd

The Jeep Cherokee was introduced in the 1984 model year. Frontal airbags for both the driver and passenger became standard beginning with the 1997 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics
Dummy movement was reasonably well controlled. There was far too much upward movement of the steering wheel, which contributed to the dummy's head bottoming out the airbag and hitting the steering wheel.

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test, together with the footwell intrusion, indicate that the driver space wasn't maintained well.

Upward movement of the steering wheel contributed to the dummy's head bottoming out the airbag and hitting the wheel.

Intrusion into the footwell area caused separation of the floor, which trapped the dummy's left foot under the brake pedal and contributed to high crash forces near the ankle.