New-for-2019 Jeep Cherokee Earns Top Safety Pick Rating from IIHS

September 27th, 2019 by


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is starting to wrap up the year and compiling their lists of safe vehicles. Those that do well in a number of tests designed to test a vehicle’s ability to protect passengers in a crash, known as crashworthiness, a vehicle can get what’s known as a “Top Safety Pick” from the IIHS. Not too long ago, the 2020 Ram 1500 becomes the first pickup truck to ever earn a “Top Safety Pick Plus”, not an easy feat. As more vehicles start to enter the 2020 year, we’ll see more safety ratings for this and next year. That’s great news for 2019 models, like the 2019 Jeep® Cherokee that recently earned a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS.

Before we get too much into it, this is the “new-for-2019” Jeep Cherokee midsize SUV, produced after April of this year. Specifically, the rating applies to the new 2019 Jeep Cherokee units produced with Jeep’s available Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) technology, Forward Collision Warning-Plus, and LED projector headlamps with optional automatic high-beam control. That’s usually how it works with the IIHS.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has designed six tests for crashworthiness to test every vehicle model that comes off the production line. For the majority, the tests are designed to measure crash avoidance and mitigation, or systems that can help prevent or lessen the severity of a crash. These tests cover: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side-impact for both sides (driver and passenger), roof strength, and the head restraints and seats. Vehicles are rated on a scale from poor to good, where “good” is the highest rating. We can thank the high-strength-steel upgrades to the 2019 Jeep Cherokee’s A-pillar and hinge-pillar, and the new standard-equipment LED projector headlamps with optional automatic high-beam control for the good ratings the 2019 Jeep Cherokee received.

If crash prevention systems have been installed, they can also receive a rating of poor, marginal, acceptable, or superior. When equipped with Forward Collision Warning-Plus, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee earns a “superior” rating, the highest possible rating awarded by the IIHS for front crash prevention systems. For those who haven’t the luxury of experiencing this automatic safety system, sensor-fusion technology blends cameras and radar detection to determine if an impact with another vehicle or object is imminent. If detected, the system will initially warn the driver with a chime or visual or sometimes both to take the appropriate action to avoid a collision. If after the system engages the driver has not reacted, the system may activate the vehicle’s brakes to mitigate or avoid the collision altogether. These are the kind of upgrades the earned the 2019 Jeep Cherokee a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS in 2019.

“This latest award is solid recognition for the Jeep Cherokee, an SUV that is not only recognized for being the most capable vehicle in its class, but also packed with more than 80 advanced safety and security features and benchmark 4×4 systems to help consumers tackle any terrain in all weather conditions…Jeep Cherokee provides the confidence and security to handle any journey.” – Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA North America

Jeepers love their Jeeps and the newly designed Cherokee is officially top of the line. Looking for your own safe and fun Jeep vehicle? Find yours at Aventura Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram.

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