Under the heading of “that didn’t go as planned,” the 2022 Jeep Wrangler performed poorly in the driver’s side crash test designed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. And this was after Jeep made structural modifications to the front of the vehicle trying to eliminate the problem.
The Wrangler was redesigned in 2018, and the flaw was discovered during the 2019 model year testing. In both the 2019 and 2022 test, the Wrangler tipped over onto the passenger side in a partial rollover. The test is conducted at 37 MPH and uses a 4,200-pound barrier.
While the Wrangler gets Good scores in the structure and safety cage arena for this test, the impact and subsequent rollover would cause serious injury the driver’s lower leg/foot area.
With the tip and injuries, the 2022 Jeep Wrangler gets an overall Marginal score for the driver’s side test.
The 2022 Wrangler also had a poor showing in the updated side crash test due to inadequate head protection for the rear passenger dummy.
Interestingly, the 2022 Jeep Wrangler gets Good ratings in the other four crash tests.
In more good news, the available front crash prevention system gets a Superior rating. So, hopefully a crash won’t happen in the first place.
Does this mean you shouldn’t buy a 2022 Jeep Wrangler? Only you can make that decision. But going into a car buying decision with all the information is always in your best interest.
On the upside: Head, neck and chest injuries, which tend to be the most critical, are minimal in all the Wrangler crash tests.