Jeep’s 2020 Renegade subcompact SUV now rates as a Top Safety Pick after running changes to improve small overlap frontal crash protection earned the top rating in a retest by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The new award applies only to Renegades built after September and, as before, only to those with extra-cost options: the best headlight system and the front crash system with automatic braking.
Jeep made structural changes to the 2020 Renegade, which was refreshed for the 2019 model year, to improve to the top good rating (out of good, acceptable, marginal or poor) in the driver-side small overlap frontal crash evaluation. With the changes, the Renegade now has the required scores of good in five crashworthiness tests by IIHS and a second-level acceptable score in the passenger-side small overlap frontal crash test. IIHS crash testing was toughened for 2019 with the added requirement for Top Safety Pick of an acceptable or good score in the new passenger-side frontal crash test.
The Renegade’s optional front crash prevention system is rated superior, avoiding collisions in both 12- and 25-mph tests. And the Renegade’s optional LED headlights with high-beam assist are rated acceptable, while the LED headlights without high-beam assist earned a marginal rating, and the base trim level halogen headlights rated poor.
The Renegade fell short of the highest Top Safety Pick Plus award because of the second-level acceptable scores for the passenger-side crash test and the best headlights.
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See how the Renegade stacks up against other small SUVs in IIHS testing here. Among mainstream-brand subcompact SUV rivals, the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3 also are Top Safety Picks, but the Hyundai Kona earned a Top Safety Pick Plus when equipped with optional headlights and a front crash system with automatic braking. The subcompact SUV category also is getting more competitive with new entries on the way including the 2021 Kia Seltos and Chevrolet Trailblazer.
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