2009 Jeep Wrangler

midsize SUV / 4-door SUV

2009 Jeep Wrangler 4-door SUV
2008 Jeep Wrangler 4-door SUV shown

Crashworthiness

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

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 2007-17 models

Tested vehicle: 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport 4-door 4wd

The Jeep Wrangler was redesigned for the 2007 model year, and a larger, heavier 4-door model was added for the first time.

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 well controlled. The dummy’s head loaded the frontal airbag, which stayed in front of the dummy until rebound. However, the Wrangler is one of a handful of passenger vehicles still sold without standard side airbags to protect the head and chest from contact 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 maintained well.

The dummy’s movement was well controlled. The dummy’s head loaded the frontal airbag, which stayed in front of the dummy until rebound. However, the vehicle lacks standard side airbags to protect the head and chest from contact with side structure and outside objects.

Forces on the both the left and right lower legs were just high enough to indicate a moderate risk of injuries.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2007-17 models

Tested vehicle: 2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4-door 4wd

The Jeep Wrangler was redesigned for the 2007 model year, and a larger, heavier 4-door model was added for the first time.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
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.

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit only the head restraint, as indicated by smeared greasepaint.

Forces on the lower right leg were just high enough to indicate the possibility of injury.

Side

Rating applies to 2007-17 models

Tested vehicle: 2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4-door 4wd without optional side airbags

The Jeep Wrangler was redesigned for the 2007 model year, and a larger, heavier 4-door model was added for the first time.

During the crash, the driver door opened. This opening didn't significantly affect dummy movement during the test but shouldn't happen because, in some crashes, it could allow partial or complete occupant ejection, especially if the occupant is unbelted. This door opening resulted in a structure rating downgrade from good to acceptable.

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 showing the open driver door after the barrier was moved away.

Action shot taken during the side impact crash test showing the driver dummy's head leaning well outward and approaching the window sill. The broken glass is from the window of the driver door.

Smeared red greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy's head was hit by the rear door window frame.

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2007-16 models

Seat type: Manual cloth seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry