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2019 Jeep Cherokee

midsize SUV / 4-door SUV

Award applies only to vehicles with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights built after April 2019

2019 Jeep Cherokee 4-door SUV

Crashworthiness

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

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights (varies by trim/option)
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 2019 models built after April 2018

Tested vehicle: 2019 Jeep Cherokee Latitude 4-door 4wd

The Jeep Cherokee was re-engineered and restyled for the 2019 model year. Beginning with the 2019 model year, the A-pillars, front door hinge pillars, and door sills were modified to improve occupant protection in moderate overlap and small overlap frontal crashes.

Beginning with 2019 models built after April 2018, the driver seat belt was modified to further improve protection in small overlap frontal crashes. (Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on the driver door or adjacent B-pillar.)

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the driver-side 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 maintained very well.

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury.

The driver's space was maintained well, and risk of injuries to the dummy's legs and feet was low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1806
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 7
Footrest (cm) 6
Left toepan (cm) 3
Brake pedal (cm) 3
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 3
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 1
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 5
Upper dash (cm) 6
Lower instrument panel (cm) 4

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1806
Head
HIC-15 171
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 14
Maximum Nij 0.24
Chest maximum compression (mm) 29
Femur (kN)
Left 2.0
Right 1.4
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 3
Right 5
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.44
Right 0.53
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.6
Right 1.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 65
Right 46

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Small overlap front: passenger-side

Rating applies to 2019 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Jeep Cherokee Latitude Plus 4-door 4wd

The Jeep Cherokee was re-engineered and restyled for the 2019 model year. Beginning with the 2019 model year, the A-pillars, front door hinge pillars, and door sills were modified to improve occupant protection in moderate overlap and small overlap frontal crashes.

Passenger-side small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Fiat Chrysler as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on passenger side

Test ID VTP1907
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 16
Footrest (cm) 15
Right toepan (cm) 9
Center toepan (cm) 3
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 4
Upper occupant compartment
Center dash (cm) 6
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 10
Upper dash (cm) 12
Right lower dash (cm) 12

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTP1907
Head
HIC-15 147
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 7
Maximum Nij 0.19
Chest maximum compression (mm) 20
Femur (kN)
Left 2.3
Right 4.1
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 4
Right 13
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 1
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.69
Right 0.76
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.9
Right 3.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 58
Right 62

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTP1907
Head
HIC-15 132
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) 29
Femur (kN)
Left 1.0
Right 1.2
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 1
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.41
Right 0.41
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 0.3
Right 0.8
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 30
Right 56

How the passenger-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2019 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Jeep Cherokee Latitude Plus 4-door 4wd

The Jeep Cherokee was re-engineered and restyled for the 2019 model year. Beginning with the 2019 model year, the A-pillars, front door hinge pillars, and door sills were modified to improve occupant protection in moderate overlap and small overlap frontal crashes.

Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Fiat Chrysler as part of frontal crash test verification.

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

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1818
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 3
Left (cm) 5
Center (cm) 5
Right (cm) 6
Brake pedal (cm) 8
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0
Right (cm) 0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -3
Rearward (cm) 0
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1818
Head
HIC-15 284
Peak gs at hard contact 12
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.6
Extension bending moment (Nm) 7
Maximum Nij 0.37
Chest maximum compression (mm) 37
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 1.5
Femur force - right (kN) 1.9
Knee displacement - left (mm) 3
Knee displacement - right (mm) 5
Maximum tibia index - left 0.31
Maximum tibia index - right 0.58
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.3
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.3
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 52
Right 55

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 2019 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Elite 4-door 4wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,843 lbs
Peak force 20,753 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.40

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

Headlights

Ratings are given for 4 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • Limited trim equipped with Technology Group package; built after April 2019
  • Trailhawk trim equipped with Technology Group package; built after April 2019
  • Overland trim equipped with Technology Group package; built after April 2019
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the left side of the road and inadequate on the right side. On curves, visibility was good on both right curves, fair on the sharp left curve and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on both right curves and inadequate on both left curves.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and all 4 curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Limited trim equipped with Technology Group package
  • Trailhawk trim equipped with Technology Group package
  • Overland trim equipped with Technology Group package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2019 models built after April 2019
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 75.5 m None
Straightaway left edge 48.6 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 67.0 m None
250m radius left curve, right edge 43.0 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 59.6 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 47.7 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 150.6 m
Straightaway left edge 120.3 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 70.6 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 59.5 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 60.1 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 50.2 m

Trim level(s)

  • Latitude trim; built after April 2019
  • Latitude Plus trim; built after April 2019
  • Trailhawk trim; built after April 2019
  • Limited trim; built after April 2019
  • Trailhawk Elite trim; built after April 2019
  • Overland trim; built after April 2019
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the left side of the road and inadequate on the right side. On curves, visibility was good on both right curves, fair on the sharp left curve and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on both right curves and inadequate on both left curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Latitude trim
  • Latitude Plus trim
  • Trailhawk trim
  • Limited trim
  • Trailhawk Elite trim
  • Overland trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2019 models built after April 2019
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 75.5 m None
Straightaway left edge 48.6 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 67.0 m None
250m radius left curve, right edge 43.0 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 59.6 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 47.7 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 150.6 m
Straightaway left edge 120.3 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 70.6 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 59.5 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 60.1 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 50.2 m

Trim level(s)

  • Limited trim equipped with Technology Group package
  • Trailhawk Elite trim equipped with Technology Group package
  • Overland trim equipped with Technology Group package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the left side of the road and inadequate on the right side. On curves, visibility was good on the sharp right curve, fair on the gradual right and sharp left curves, and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on both right curves and inadequate on both left curves.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway, on both left curves and on the gradual right curve.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Limited trim equipped with Technology Group package
  • Trailhawk Elite trim equipped with Technology Group package
  • Overland trim equipped with Technology Group package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2019 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 73.2 m None
Straightaway left edge 50.7 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 63.4 m None
250m radius left curve, right edge 42.1 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 57.7 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 48.1 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 130.7 m
Straightaway left edge 92.7 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 65.8 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 59.1 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 57.3 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 49.2 m

Trim level(s)

  • Latitude trim
  • Latitude Plus trim
  • Trailhawk trim
  • Limited trim
  • Trailhawk Elite trim
  • Overland trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the left side of the road and inadequate on the right side. On curves, visibility was good on the sharp right curve, fair on the gradual right and sharp left curves, and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on both right curves and inadequate on both left curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Latitude trim
  • Latitude Plus trim
  • Trailhawk trim
  • Limited trim
  • Trailhawk Elite trim
  • Overland trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2019 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 73.2 m None
Straightaway left edge 50.7 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 63.4 m None
250m radius left curve, right edge 42.1 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 57.7 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 48.1 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 130.7 m
Straightaway left edge 92.7 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 65.8 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 59.1 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 57.3 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 49.2 m

How headlights are evaluated

Front crash prevention

System details

  • Optional Full Speed Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation

Applies to 2019 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, this vehicle avoided a collision.
Superior
Superior
with optional equipment

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2019 models

Overall evaluation
+
extra LATCH positions
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
no 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
no 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
Yes

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
Yes

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
Yes

How child seat anchors are evaluated