The Jeep Renegade is already into its second model year; yet it hasn't been given a full set of U.S. crash-test ratings until now.
And the results, while mostly good, could definitely be better. The federal government has just released full NCAP safety ratings for the 2016 Jeep Renegade—and it completes a safety assessment of this compact crossover as a model that's squarely mid-pack, considering that its segment includes some models (the Subaru Crosstrek and Kia Soul are two) with strong safety ratings.
The 2016 Renegade earns mostly a mix of four- and five-star ratings from the federal government—including a four-star overall rating, four stars for frontal impact, and five stars for side impact. The side impact score includes a three-star performance in the passenger rear-seat position, however it gets an excellent five-star rating in the side pole test, which simulated hitting a narrow fixed object like a utility pole or tree.
Renegade 4WD models earn a three-star rollover score, indicating that they may be more likely to roll over if tripped by a ditch, barrier, or secondary collision.
Those new federal ratings, which are definitely a step lower than what Jeep had been hoping for last year for this vehicle's launch time, join existing Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) ratings that are mostly "good," except for "acceptable" ratings in the small overlap frontal impact test and the rear (seats and head restraints) category.
The 2016 Renegade comes with the "advanced" IIHS rating for front crash prevention when it's equipped with the full-speed forward collision warning system (with active braking)—part of the Advanced Technology Group that's priced at just $995.
While that's not available on the base Renegade sport, it adds up to an affordable $25,580 in a front-wheel-drive 2016 Jeep Renegade Latitude.
See the full review of the 2016 Jeep Renegade for more about its safety credentials, plus plenty of observations on its performance and features, plus full pricing, specs, and more.