The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety just tested the 2019 Jeep Wrangler, marking the group’s first test of the latest generation JL Wrangler. It released a couple videos of the test online to depict what happened.
The headline does most of the explaining. Yes, the Wrangler Unlimited tipped over onto its side in the driver-side small overlap front crash test performed by the IIHS. This is the first time the new-generation JL Wrangler has been tested by the IIHS. It previously received a one-star out of five rating from the Euro NCAP test. However, it also received a four-star out of five front crash rating from NHTSA.
There’s a bit of a discrepancy between the test results that FCA provided the IIHS and what the IIHS found in their independent testing. According to the IIHS, in the test that FCA submitted, the Wrangler did not tip on its side. FCA initially questioned the results of the first test run by the IIHS. Here’s how the IIHS describes it:
“After the vehicle tipped over in the audit test, Fiat Chrysler questioned whether this outcome was related to the method that IIHS engineers had used to attach the vehicle to the crash propulsion system. IIHS agreed to conduct a second test using a different method, which was approved by Fiat Chrysler. The second test also ended with the vehicle tipping on its side.”
We asked FCA for comment on the test and received this statement in response:
It’s important to note that the Wrangler performed far better in every other type of crash test performed by the IIHS, receiving the highest-possible “Good” rating in all categories. Compared to the previous generation JK Wrangler, the JL outscores or matches it in just about every category. We’ll also note the JK Wrangler did not tip on its side in four-door or two-door body styles when subjected to the IIHS driver-side front overlap crash test. You can watch the two-door crash video here, and the four-door crash video here.
As for the rest of the test, the IIHS rated both headlight options (halogen or LED) “Poor.” Its optional front crash prevention system received a “Superior” (highest) rating for its ability to avoid accidents at 12 mph and 25 mph.
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