2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

midsize SUV / 4-door SUV

2018 Jeep Grand 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 2013-18 models built after January 2013

Tested vehicle: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo E 4-door 4wd

The Jeep Grand Cherokee was redesigned for the 2011 model year. Beginning with 2013 models built after January 2013, the seat belts and airbags were modified to improve occupant 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
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Restraints and dummy kinematics
The dummy’s movement was reasonably well controlled. The dummy’s head remained largely in contact with the frontal airbag, but its head still moved toward the intruding A-pillar because the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the dummy's head and torso. The side curtain airbag deployed but does not have sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with forward side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag deployed.

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 not maintained well.

During the crash, the seat belt allowed the dummy to move too far forward, as is evident from the gap between the seat back and the dummy's torso. The side curtain airbag did not extend far enough forward toward the A-pillar.

Intrusion of the parking brake pedal, door hinge pillar, and instrument panel contributed to a significant risk of injury to the left lower leg.

Small overlap front: passenger-side

Rating applies to 2013-18 models built after January 2013

Tested vehicle: 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Sterling 4-door 4wd
The Jeep Grand Cherokee was redesigned for the 2011 model year. Beginning with 2013 models built after January 2013, the seat belts and airbags were modified to improve occupant 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
Passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics
The dummy’s head loaded the frontal airbag, which stayed in front of the dummy until rebound. However, the side curtain airbag did not deploy and the front passenger door opened during the crash, which shouldn't happen because the passenger could be partly or completely ejected from the vehicle. In fact during rebound, the dummy's head moved outside the vehicle, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with side structure and outside objects.
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the passenger-side small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame and dashboard after the crash test indicates that the passenger's survival space was not maintained well.

The side curtain airbag did not deploy, uncommon for 2018 model year and later vehicles, and the dummy's head bottomed out the frontal airbag and hit the dashboard hard.

The passenger door opened during the crash test, and the dummy's head moved outside the vehicle during rebound.

Intrusion of the dashboard and door hinge pillar contributed to a likely risk of injury to the right lower leg.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2011-18 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
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Side

Rating applies to 2011-18 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
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
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.

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2011-18 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

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2011-18 models

Seat type: Power cloth seats (AHR)

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry

Front crash prevention

System details

  • Optional Full Speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking

Package name

  • Optional Jeep Active Safety Group

Applies to 2017-18 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

Headlights

Ratings are given for 2 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • Overland trim
  • Summit trim
  • SRT trim
  • Trailhawk trim equipped with Trailhawk Luxury Group package
  • Limited trim equipped with Luxury II Group package
  • Sterling Edition trim equipped with Luxury Group package
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type HID projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on both right curves and fair on both left curves.

The low beams created some glare.

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 the gradual left and both right curves and inadequate on the sharp left curve.

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

Trim level(s)

  • Laredo trim
  • Laredo E trim
  • Trailhawk trim
  • Altitude trim
  • Limited trim
  • Sterling Edition trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

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 inadequate in all 4 tests.

How headlights are evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2015-18 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim Laredo E
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 only.

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
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
difficult to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
difficult to maneuver around anchors

How child seat anchors are evaluated