2004 Jeep Wrangler

small SUV / 2-door SUV

2004 Jeep Wrangler 2-door SUV
2003 Jeep Wrangler 2-door SUV shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side

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 1997-2006 models

Tested vehicle: 1998 Jeep Wrangler SE 2-door 4wd

The Jeep Wrangler was redesigned for the 1997 model year. As in previous model years, it was available only as a 2-door (the 4-door model was not introduced until the next redesign, in the 2007 model year).

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics
Dummy movement was reasonably well controlled. After the dummy moved forward into the airbag, it leaned toward the driver door. Its head and left shoulder moved outside the door because the doors on the soft-top model tested aren't high enough for optimal restraint.

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

The dummy's head and left shoulder leaned out of the vehicle after rebounding from the airbag. The problem is the driver door, which is too low to restrain the dummy optimally.

The driver space was maintained reasonably well, with only moderate intrusion into the footwell area.

Red paint on the knee bolster indicates where the dummy's left knee hit, producing moderately high forces on the femur.

Side

Rating applies to 1997-2006 models

Tested vehicle: 2003 Jeep Wrangler X 2-door 4wd without side airbags (not available)

The Jeep Wrangler was redesigned for the 1997 model year. As in previous model years, it was available only as a 2-door (the 4-door model was not introduced until the next redesign, in the 2007 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 door removed, showing damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy's head was hit by the diagonal steel tube supporting the convertible top.

Smeared greasepaint and glass marks show where the driver dummy's head was hit by the window sill.