2016 Jeep Renegade

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Jeep Renegade. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • On-road poise and stability
  • Suspension refinement
  • Cabin quietness
  • Trailhawk's off-road capability
  • Delightful design details

The Bad

  • Hard plastic upper door trim
  • Modest four-cylinder power
  • Automatic transmission slow to kick down
  • Traditional moonroof not offered

Notable Features of the 2016 Jeep Renegade

  • Subcompact SUV based on Fiat 500L
  • Two four-wheel-drive systems available
  • Off-road Trailhawk trim level available
  • Removable roof panels available
  • Forward collision warning available

What Is the 2016 Jeep Renegade?

The 2016 Jeep Renegade is a five-seat subcompact SUV that competes with the Chevrolet Trax, Honda HR-V, Mini Countryman, Buick Encore and Mazda CX-3. Trim levels include the Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all trim levels are available with four-wheel drive. 

What's New on the 2016 Jeep Renegade?

The 2016 Jeep Renegade has some new optional features: a Beats premium audio system with a 506-watt amplifier and 6.5-inch subwoofer, as well as rain-sensing windshield wipers. 

How Does the 2016 Jeep Renegade Compare to Other SUVs?

The Jeep Renegade differentiates itself from its competitors with unique features designed for handling off-road terrain, such as Koni selective damping struts. These features also offer a surprisingly smooth ride on the highway, all while retaining the style of the Jeep brand. The 2016 Renegade also stands out due to the quietness of its cabin compared with other subcompact SUVs.

What Features in the 2016 Jeep Renegade Are Most Important?

The 2016 Jeep Renegade comes equipped with a 160-horsepower, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission. A 180-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and nine-speed automatic transmission are options. Front-wheel drive is standard. Other notable standard features include power windows and door locks, a removable cargo floor panel with height adjustment, and a split folding backseat.

Significant available features include 8.7 inches of ground clearance on the Trailhawk (a 0.8-inch increase over other models), air conditioning, Bluetooth phone connectivity, the Uconnect multimedia system (with a 5- or 6.5-inch touchscreen), a 7-inch instrument panel screen, a backup camera, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, a backup camera, and a removable or power-retractable roof section.

Should I Buy the 2016 Jeep Renegade?

The 2016 Jeep Renegade offers an appealing design and stands out due to its comfortable ride, the quietness of its cabin and its on-road poise, together with the impressive off-road capabilities of the Trailhawk. On the other hand, its standard four-cylinder feels sluggish compared with the optional engine, its available automatic transmission is relatively unresponsive and the hard plastic upper door trim feels tacky in a vehicle that sports an otherwise inspired design.

These complaints are minor in terms of what the Renegade does well, though: It offers the trappings of a traditional SUV in subcompact form, serving up an impressive combination of capability and refinement. The 2016 Renegade is a good choice both for everyday driving and for limited off-road adventures.

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2016 Jeep Renegade Overview

by Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The subcompact Renegade SUV was introduced last year. Though it looks like a pure American Jeep, underneath is a modified p... Read More

2016 Renegade Video

The 2016 Jeep Renegade stands out from the subcompact SUV pack in both obvious and subtle ways. Watch the video for more.

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Good test drive

by Mirandarenee827 from Lancaster, NY on August 9, 2018

Lots of features and roomy. Loved the look of the car but when I test drove it, it was much lower to the ground than I thought and drove differently than what I was used to. Overall, awesome and ... Read full review

(5.0)

Most Economical Car I've ever owned.

by Nikka43 from Fayetteville, NC on July 29, 2018

I am the first and only driver. It's very good on gas, rides very comfortably with a considerable amount of space. There nothing wrong with the Jeep; I just don't need it anymore. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Jeep Renegade currently has 0 recalls

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Jeep Renegade Sport

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall
4 Star
Overall Front
4 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
4 Star
Driver's
4 Star
Passenger's
4 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
3 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
3 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Jeep

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, Carfax vehicle history report, rental car and 24-hour towing, and first day rental

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years/100,000 mile warranty on all certified vehicles
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 125 point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Renegade received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker