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24/7 Wall St.: The Most Dangerous Cars in America

6. Wrangler

Make: Jeep
Bad ratings: Side-marginal (2-door), side-poor (4-door); rear-marginal (both)
2011 sales: 122,460 (all Wranglers), 46,803 (2-door), 75,657 (4-door)
Price: $22,970 (2-door), $30,745 (4-door)
JD Power Initial Quality: 3/5

With “marginal” ratings in side and rear-impact protection, the two-door Wrangler joins other SUVs, such as the CX-7, CX-9 and Pathfinder, as a poor performer in IIHS tests. One of the few car models that actually underperforms the two-door Jeep Wrangler is the larger four-door version. This version of the Wrangler also received a “marginal” rear-impact rating, yet was also given a “poor” side-impact rating. During a recent IIHS side-impact test, a dummy was struck by the steel bars supporting the four-door Wrangler’s convertible roof. Both of the models’ overall poor performance stems in part from the fact they were unable to protect the driver’s or back-seat passengers’ heads and other bodily parts in simulated accidents. Despite earning the lowest score of any mid-size SUV from Consumer Reports, the Wrangler still sells especially well with more than 120,000 sold in the U.S. in 2011.(AP Photo/Jerry S. Mendoza)

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