Originally Posted by wizwoz
I had loaned my son's girlfriend my 2009 Patriot, and she was stopped at a traffic light when a large sedan collided with the rear at about 20mph .
Since he had her foot on the brake, the impact pushed her foot harder on the brake, and the vehicle did not move! Instead the front tires stayed on the ground and the rear end rose up and the other vehicle went under the gas tank.
Then the other vehicle was thrown back by the lifted weight of the Patriot, which then dropped back down onto the tires.
The other vehicle was totaled with major front end damage. The Patriot only had a little scratch on the plastic bumper, not mark on the gas tank skid. Insurance replaced the entire rear bumper assembly and nobody was injured.
Good to know that getting rear ended in a Patriot won't likely be an explosive experience!
My Compass was tailed by a Ford Escape at about 20 mph. They were towed, I drove away. Needed a new bumper cover and foam, and to have a shallow dent removed from the tailgate. Being skeptical, I insisted the Jeep's hard points be checked, and, lo and behold, no body deformation at all. That's better than my Acura Legend did 20 years ago!
I like my Jeep...