2020 Jeep Renegade Earns 2nd-Highest IIHS Safety Award

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After Jeep made structural changes to the 2020 Renegade, the rugged subcompact SUV did well enough in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) testing to earn its second-highest safety award of being named a Top Safety Pick. 2020 marks the first time the model has earned one of the IIHS' safety awards. Only models built after September 2019 that are fitted with specific headlights qualify for the award.

To qualify for a Top Safety Pick award, a vehicle must earn a rating of Good in five crash tests and a rating of at least Acceptable in the passenger-side small overlap front test. Renegade models built after September 2019 have structural changes that were made to boost the SUV’s score in the IIHS’ small overlap front crashes. The changes help the Renegade score the necessary rating of Good in the driver-side small overlap front test and an Acceptable rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test.

In the IIHS’ other tests, the Renegade performed well. The SUV’s optional front crash prevention system was found to be superior, while one out of the four available headlights earned the required rating of Acceptable. The only headlights to earn an Acceptable rating are offered on the Latitude, Altitude, Limited, and High Altitude trims with the available Advanced Technology Group. Scores for the other three headlights ranged from Poor to Marginal. Base trims come with headlights that earned the lowest rating of Poor.

All together, getting into a Latitude trim with the necessary packages costs $28,260 including destination. Jeep bundles the Advanced Technology Group, which costs $1,295 on its own, with the $1,345 Uconnect 8.4 NAV Group package. Together, they raise the Latitude’s base price of $25,620 by $2,640. The entry-level Renegade Sport trim starts at $23,770.

With the Top Safety Pick award, the Renegade joins the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3 as SUVs to earn the IIHS’ second-highest safety designation. The Hyundai Kona and Volvo XC40 are Top Safety Pick+ SUVs.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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