Chrysler and Jeep Models Receive 5-star Safety Ratings
Since 1970, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been dedicated to setting the highest standards for motor vehicle and highway safety. Every year, it rates vehicles on a scale of 1-5 stars depending on its safety features. For the new model-year, the 2017 Chrysler 200 and 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4×4 have both earned a five-star overall safety crash ratings from the NHTSA.
NHTSA’s vehicle-evaluation program conducts several safety tests to evaluate a vehicle’s safety features and performance. These tests include: frontal collision with another vehicle, side impact with another vehicle, and side impact with a static or immovable object.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Safety
The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4×4 earned five stars (the highest possible rating) in all three of the NHTSA’s crash tests. It’s perfect score in all three tests led to its overall crash safety rating score of five stars, making 2017 the fourth consecutive model year that the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4×4 has earned a five-star rating from NHTSA.
The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee has over 70 available safety features. Among them are advanced multistage front driver and passenger airbags, advanced side-curtain airbags, advanced supplemental front-seat side airbags, and the drive-side inflatable knee bolster. Along with the three standard safety features the NHTSA tests for, the Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with other advanced safety features.
The most notable is their Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system known as “Full-speed Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation”. Sensor-fusion technology has been popping up in vehicles as of late, combining object-detection cameras and radar to evaluate the probability of colliding with an object. If the camera and radar agree, the Grand Cherokee’s brakes are primed, along with audible and visual warnings to alert the driver that they need to react. If there is no response from the driver, the brakes are then engaged in an effort to minimize or completely avoid frontal collision. The chances of a full stop before impact are highest if the vehicle’s speed is below 25 mph.
The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4×4 has a starting MSRP at $32,695.
Chrysler 200 Safety
Evaluated on the same tests as the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the 2017 Chrysler 200 (front-wheel-drive) also received a five-star rating from the NHTSA. In addition to the NHTSA’s top score, the Chrysler 200 was also named a “Top Safety Pick +” by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (I.I.H.S.), which is another major safety giant in the auto industry.
The 2017 Chrysler 200 has the same standard airbag deployment features as any other vehicle, but it also has added safety in its design. More than 60% of the vehicle’s body structure is made of high-strength steel, which helps to make the vehicle more sturdy in the event of a collision. The 200 also has its own AEB known as “Full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus”. This system also makes use of sensor-fusion technology, inciting autonomous braking and, if possible, bringing the 2017 Chrysler 200 to a full stop when a frontal collision appears imminent.
The 2017 Chrysler 200 has a starting MSRP at $22,115.