2016 Jeep Cherokee

midsize SUV / 4-door SUV

2016 Jeep Cherokee 4-door SUV
2015 Jeep Cherokee shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Front crash prevention
Optional system
Superior

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights
  • Optional blind spot detection
  • Optional lane departure warning
  • Optional lane departure prevention

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2014-18 models

Tested vehicle: 2015 Jeep Cherokee Latitude 4-door 4wd

The Jeep Cherokee was re-introduced for the 2014 model year after last being sold in the U.S. as a 2001 model.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side as the steering column moved 15 cm to the right, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward side structure. Additionally, the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the dummy’s head and torso. The side curtain airbag did not deploy, leaving the dummy's head vulnerable to contacts with side structure and outside objects.

Action shot taken during the small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was not maintained well.

Intrusion of the door hinge pillar and instrument panel contributed to a moderate risk of injuries to the left knee and left lower leg.

During the crash, the dummy's head barely contacted the airbag before sliding off to the left as the steering column moved to the right. The seat belt allowed the dummy to move too far forward, and the side curtain airbag did not deploy.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1507
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 21
Footrest (cm) 8
Left toepan (cm) 4
Brake pedal (cm) 2
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 6
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 4
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 17
Upper dash (cm) 15
Lower instrument panel (cm) 13

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1507
Head
HIC-15 75
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm) 20
Maximum Nij 0.35
Chest maximum compression (mm) 20
Femur (kN)
Left 3.5
Right 1.6
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 13
Right 6
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 1
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.84
Right 0.45
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.5
Right 1.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 39
Right 47

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2014-18 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4-door 4wd

The Jeep Cherokee was re-introduced for the 2014 model year after last being sold in the U.S. as a 2001 model.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the moderate overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well.

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head hit the B-pillar and head restraint during rebound. Head accelerations from these hits were low.

Intrusion into the driver's space was minimal, and all leg and foot injury measures were low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF1305
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 6
Left (cm) 10
Center (cm) 9
Right (cm) 9
Brake pedal (cm) 6
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1
Right (cm) 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -1
Rearward (cm) -1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF1305
Head
HIC-15 205
Peak gs at hard contact 31
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.6
Extension bending moment (Nm) 12
Maximum Nij 0.30
Chest maximum compression (mm) 24
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 2.1
Femur force - right (kN) 1.7
Knee displacement - left (mm) 4
Knee displacement - right (mm) 5
Maximum tibia index - left 0.58
Maximum tibia index - right 0.53
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 1.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 70
Right 133

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2014-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Jeep Cherokee Latitude 4-door 4wd with standard front and rear head curtain airbags, front seat-mounted torso airbags, and rear seat-mounted pelvis airbags

The Jeep Cherokee was re-introduced for the 2014 model year after last being sold in the U.S. as a 2001 model. Beginning with the 2019 model year, the Cherokee was re-engineered and restyled, but no changes affecting side crashworthiness were made. Therefore the results of two side tests of the Cherokee were combined, one of a 2014 model by the Institute and the other of a 2019 model by Fiat Chrysler as part of side crash test verification. Ratings are based on both tests, but the vehicle specifications shown below are based on Fiat Chrysler's test.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the Institute's crash test of a 2014 model Jeep Cherokee.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment (Institute test vehicle shown).

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain airbag in the Institute's test.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES1308 VTS1815
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -17.5 -17.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES1308 VTS1815
Head HIC-15 120 103
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1 0.9
Compression (kN) 0.3 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 30 27
Lateral force (kN) 1.1 1.1
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 32 32
Average deflection (mm) 28 28
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.67 4.12
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.63 0.62
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.7 1.4
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.5 1.9
Combined force (kN) 3.0 3.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.0 0.8
L-M moment (Nm) 63 83
A-P moment (Nm) -16 30

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES1308 VTS1815
Head HIC-15 214 137
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.3 0.3
Compression (kN) 0.1 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 30 34
Lateral force (kN) 1.1 1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 23 24
Average deflection (mm) 12 16
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.18 3.44
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.15 0.33
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.7 0.3
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.3 2.5
Combined force (kN) 2.0 2.5
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.5 0.2
L-M moment (Nm) 25 38
A-P moment (Nm) -20 -26

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2014-18 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Jeep Cherokee Latitude 4-door 4wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 4,022 lbs
Peak force 20,114 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.00

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2014-19 models

Seat type: Manual cloth seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Manual cloth seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 38
Distance below top of head (mm) -5
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 12.5
Head contact time (ms) 57
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 23
Max neck tension (N) 360

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Front crash prevention

System details

  • Optional Full Speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking

Package name

  • Optional Technology Group

Applies to 2016 models

Overall evaluation

  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 12 mph.
Superior
Superior
with optional equipment

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2015-18 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim Latitude
Seat type cloth

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor, a single lower anchor and the ability to borrow the second anchor from another position.

Note: When anchors are borrowed, they aren't available to use in their designated positions.

1 2 3
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
1 dedicated anchor and 1 that can be borrowed from seat 3
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
Technical measurements for this test

Seat position 21

3

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) -2-0
Force (lbs) 18
Clearance angle (degrees) 67
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 18
Clearance angle (degrees) 67
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 22

2

Lower anchor A
Lower latch is shared for this seat position
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 20
Clearance angle (degrees) 58
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 15
Clearance angle (degrees) 64
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 13
Clearance angle (degrees) 69
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

How child seat anchors are evaluated