2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4X4 Gets Five-Star Overall Safety Rating from NHTSA
What has seven slots in its grille, four-wheel drive, and five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)? The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The 4X4 version of the Grand Cherokee received five out of five stars in nearly all of the NHTSA’s tests, including the Frontal Barrier and Side Crash (barrier and pole) evaluations. It only came up short – with four stars – in the Rollover section of the NHTSA’s procedures, where it was shown to have a 16.9 percent chance of doing cartwheels. That wasn’t enough to keep it the 2017 Grand Cherokee 4X4 from getting a overall safety rating of five stars, though.
Its two-wheel-drive sibling didn’t fare quite as well. It aced the Frontal and Side Crash tests, but it only scored three stars in the Rollover test, bringing its Overall Rating down to four stars.
Hopefully, you’ll never have to find out the hard way how the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee stands up to other vehicles or inconveniently placed poles. Its available Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system aka Full-speed Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation is designed to keep you from doing that. According to FCA, “If camera and radar agree that a frontal impact with another vehicle appears imminent, the system pre-fills the Grand Cherokee’s brakes and transmits audible and visual warnings urging the driver to react. If there is no driver response, the system triggers a brief brake application as a tactile alert.” If there continues to be no driver response past that point, AEB will slow the Grand Cherokee or even bring it to a complete stop – at speeds below 25 mph.
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