As if the previous generations of the Wrangler weren't tough enough, the latest one is even better at this chapter. Probably realizing this is no longer just a road-friendly beach-mobile, Jeep engineers equipped it with more modern safety amenities. From the list of features our test car was equipped with we can share the most important ones.
An anti-lock braking system, electronic stability control (a first for the Jeep Wrangler) and four airbags (two frontal and two side ones) are there to protect its passengers in the case when things get out of control on the road. Also, the Wrangler 2.8 CRD's unladen weight is almost 1900 kilograms (almost 4400 pounds), which is more than enough to obliterate almost any unlucky econobox from its path.
Another good point is the fact that the IIHS gave the Wrangler "Good" ratings in almost every chapter of their crash tests, meaning the vehicle should also fare well in crash with comparable cars. Its major downside at this chapter is the fact that its high center of gravity and archaic suspension can only mean that its much easier to lose control in the hands of an unexperienced driver at higher speeds, especially since in 99% of the time the car will be driven in rear-wheel drive mode.
This is probably the reason why we can't rate it TOO high on our safety scale, but considering not that many people will drive it fast enough to crash because of the poor handling and high noise levels... well, you get the point.Continue reading