The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety issued a marginal rating for the 2022 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited in the driver-side small overlap crash test after it flipped onto its passenger side during the agency’s latest evaluation. The four-door SUV is a repeat offender in this category: the 2019 model also failed to stay upright after it struck a barrier.
Despite the improvements made to address the issue by Jeep parent Stellantis, the latest results crush any hopes that the 2022 Wrangler Unlimited will earn the agency’s Top Safety Pick — a good rating is required to secure the award.
Apart from tipping on its side, the Wrangler Unlimited performed well in the test. According to the IIHS, the safety cage surrounding the driver maintained its structure and the movement of the test dummy was well controlled. Those factors weren’t enough to overlook the partial rollover or warrant a good rating, however. The test showed a serious risk to the driver’s leg, and the side airbag intended to protect the head and torso failed to deploy.