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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee

midsize SUV / 4-door SUV

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4-door SUV
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Other available safety features

  • Optional daytime running lights
  • Optional blind spot detection

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.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2011-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4-door 4wd

The Jeep Grand Cherokee was redesigned for the 2011 model year. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Chrysler Corporation 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 VTF1003
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 2
Left (cm) 2
Center (cm) 2
Right (cm) 2
Brake pedal (cm) 1
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0
Right (cm) 0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -3
Rearward (cm) -7
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1003
Head
HIC-15 193
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm) 24
Maximum Nij 0.30
Chest maximum compression (mm) 39
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 1.9
Femur force - right (kN) 0.5
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.27
Maximum tibia index - right 0.42
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.4
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 1.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 52
Right 50

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2011-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo X 4-door 4wd with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Jeep Grand Cherokee was redesigned for the 2011 model year.

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 crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

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

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 CES1008
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -18.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES1008
Head HIC-15 128
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Compression (kN) 0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 29
Lateral force (kN) 1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 35
Average deflection (mm) 31
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.29
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.34
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.0
Combined force (kN) 1.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.1
L-M moment (Nm) 48
A-P moment (Nm) 10

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES1008
Head HIC-15 78
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.1
Compression (kN) 0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 31
Lateral force (kN) 1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 26
Average deflection (mm) 21
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.71
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.25
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.0
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.7
Combined force (kN) 2.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.4
L-M moment (Nm) 59
A-P moment (Nm) 7

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2011-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4-door 4wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 4,655 lbs
Peak force 21,545 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.63

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2011-19 models

Seat type: Power cloth seats (AHR)

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Power cloth seats (AHR)
Geometry
Backset (mm) 48
Distance below top of head (mm) 18
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 15.6
Head contact time (ms) 47
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 21
Max neck tension (N) 342

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted