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How do Jeep safety ratings compare to other vehicles?

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While Jeeps are safer than some other vehicles, there are safer SUVs available. Most 2015 Jeep vehicles tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety receive at least one Marginal rating in its crash tests, while some vehicles made by competitors achieve the highest rating in all tests.

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The IIHS rates crash test results from Poor to Good, with Marginal results only one step above Poor. Of 2015 Jeep models, the Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee both achieve Good results in all tests other than the front offset-collision test, where they receive Marginal ratings. The Jeep Liberty is rated Marginal in side impacts, while the Patriot is rated Poor in the small overlap front-collision test. The two-door Jeep Wrangler is the most unsafe model according to IIHS testing, receiving a marginal score in the small overlap front-collision test and a Poor score in the side-impact test.

In contrast to Jeep's crash-test ratings, SUVs from other manufacturers achieve Good ratings on all crash tests. For example, the Mercedes-Benz GLK-class small SUV is rated Good in all tests, as is the larger M-class. Similarly, the Nissan Murano and Pathfinder SUVs are among the IIHS 2015 Top Safety Picks for their class, but no Jeep vehicles were selected for that designation.

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