The test shows me 1 thing: The JGC is has a high center of gravity and thus can be rolled over via driver error. I have told myself this since day 1 of buying it since I was coming from a BMW car with sport suspension that sat only 4" off the ground. Even BMW won't allow their SUV to do track days due to the potential roll-over possibility. If I choose to corner like I did in the car I can guarantee I will lose control. Of course the Jeep can go places the car would never go.
While I am very appreciative of independent parties that check safety of our products, I am shocked by the irresponsibility of this magazine.
As an engineer, there is no way this test would ever be repeatable on any vehicle. It is no different than you taking your car out and doing an evasive maneuver and stating it passed/failed. You have so many variable that they can't repeat (driver decision on when to make turns, passengers weight and when they each decide to lean/pull during the test, outdoor testing so tire temps/surface temps not consistent, etc).
. Even they have admitted on TV that certain aspects of the tests are impossible to reproduce (dummies could be placed just mm different, etc) and they have test systems that create consistency far in excess of the magazine. They try to automate, measure and critique every aspect of the test so they can create repeatability.
The JGC has been on the road for over 2 years now and I have not seen insurance companies raising rates dramatically since they are all rolling over (or losing tires in emergency situations). Remember the Ford Explorer/Firestone tire roll-over issue, very repeatable in the real world as it was documented to have happened many, many times. Until the magazine can dig up some statistics of a higher than normal roll over rate (or loss of tires) than a market segment as a whole (all SUV's) than it is just drama.
Finally, I can't respect anyone's report on safety when they choose to conduct a test with live humans when past incidents have resulted in roll over situations. Their choice to ignore proper safety gear and put people at risk discredits their report horribly.