Hint: know when your Renegade was built.
In general, all new vehicles built today are very safe thanks to stringent government-imposed crash test standards. Consumers also demand for their vehicles to be safe and automakers must oblige. But still, some new vehicles are safer than others as crash test results from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety clearly show. Automakers aim to earn the coveted IIHS Top Safety Pick rating and now another popular vehicle can be added to the list.
Jeep has announced its 2020 Renegade has just earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick rating following the third-party organization's evaluation and testing. However, not all new Renegades apply here. Jeep specifically points out that only 2020 Renegades built after September of this year are valid; they also must be equipped with the brand's available Automatic Emergency Braking technology, Forward Collision Warning Plus, and LED projector headlamps with optional automatic high-beam control. Yes, these features do cost extra but if safety is a priority – and it should be for everyone – then they're very much worth the money.
Jeep also points out the latest Renegade has more than 70 standard and optional safety and security features. The popular subcompact SUV crossover also offers the segment's first availability of Forward Collision Warning-Plus and LaneSense Departure Warning-Plus. The latter system earned an IIHS "superior" rating, the highest one possible awarded in front crash prevention.
This system will warn the driver to take action in order to avoid a detected collision, but if the driver fails to act the system will automatically activate the vehicle's brakes. Those LED projector headlamps switch between high- and low-beam modes depending on traffic conditions. As for how the latest Jeep Renegade did in crash tests, the IIHS states it's received a "good" rating, which is the highest score possible, in a total of five crashworthiness tests.
"The Jeep stable of SUVs continues to be recognized for superior on- and off-road performance and the addition of many available advanced technology, safety and security features," said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand for North America. "With more than 70 advanced safety and security features paired with benchmark 4x4 systems, Jeep Renegade provides drivers with the confidence to handle any adventure, in any weather condition."
The 2020 Jeep Renegade carries an MSRP of $22,470.