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2016 Jeep Renegade Review

The 2016 Jeep Renegade has an upscale interior, refined handling, and great off-road ability. However, it ranks near the back of the affordable subcompact SUV class because of its low reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent off-road ability
  • Smooth ride, agile handling
  • Premium interior
  • Below-average reliability
  • Low fuel economy for its class

Rankings & Awards

The 2016 Jeep Renegade's #10 ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. It was a finalist for our 2016 Best Subcompact SUV for Families award. Currently the Jeep Renegade has a score of 7.6 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 24 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.3
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2016 Jeep Renegade Overview

Is the 2016 Jeep Renegade a Good Used SUV?

The 2016 Jeep Renegade is a decent pick if you’re shopping for a used subcompact SUV. The Renegade soaks up bumps in city streets just as well as it tackles off-road trails. It also pleases with a top-notch interior, intuitive tech features, and advanced driver assistance features like forward collision warning. That said, the Renegade’s questionable reliability and low fuel economy estimates make it hard to recommend over top rivals like the Chevy Trax, Honda HR-V, and Mazda CX-3.

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How Much Is the 2016 Jeep Renegade?

You can expect to pay between $15,400 and $22,400 for a used 2016 Renegade. These figures are based on nearly 2,000 listings for the 2016 Jeep Renegade on our site. The average list price is $18,500. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Jeep Renegade Cost to Own?

The Renegade’s ownership costs are about average for the subcompact SUV class. Over five years, you can expect to pay about $22,200 for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance – or about $4,400 per year. The 2016 Mazda CX-3 has the lowest projected five-year costs in this class, at just $20,600.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Renegade?

At $18,445, the base 2018 Renegade cost less than the average price of a used 2016 model. For that price, however, you'll likely get fewer features than in a similarly priced used model. Upper 2018 trims can top $27,000. You can certainly save money by shopping for a used Renegade. In fact, you’ll find the same engines and safety features in 2016 models, as you will in 2018 models. However, buying new has its perks. You’ll get the latest Uconnect infotainment system and find support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Additionally, you won’t have to worry about questionable vehicle maintenance from a previous owner, and you’ll get a new-car warranty to cover most repairs in the first few years.

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Looking to save money but still buy new? Consider the 2018 Kia Soul hatchback, which starts at $16,200 – less than the average used 2016 Renegade. The Soul doesn’t offer four-wheel drive like the Jeep, but it’s similarly stylish and boasts more seating and cargo space. As a brand, Kia ranks higher for reliability, and you’ll get a longer-than-average warranty with a new Soul.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Jeep Renegade?

The 2016 Renegade has an awful reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power. That's the lowest rating a car can receive, and it's the lowest rating in the class.

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2016 Jeep Renegade Recalls

At the time of this writing, there is one safety recall for the 2016 Renegade. Jeep identified a fault with the vehicle’s trailer hitch, which could cause it to separate from the vehicle when in motion. Before buying a used Renegade, make sure this recall has been addressed.

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Which Model Year of the Jeep Renegade Is Best?

The 2016 Renegade marks the second model year of the SUV’s first generation, which launched for 2015 and includes the 2018 model. There were no major changes from 2015 to 2017, so you can save money by shopping for older models while still finding the same features. The 2018 Renegade adds support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. If these are must-have features, give this model a look.

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Which Used Jeep Renegade Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Renegade comes in four trims: Sport, Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk. The base model Jeep Renegade Sport isn’t very well-equipped. It features cloth seats, power windows and locks, an AM/FM radio, a USB port, and remote keyless entry. The Jeep Renegade Latitude trim is a better pick. It adds air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth, a 5-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, satellite radio, fog lights, and alloy wheels.

The Jeep Renegade Limited adds dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, and remote start. Lastly, the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk adds a taller suspension, skid plates, hill-descent control, tow hooks, and low-range gearing for improved off-road driving. Available features include a sunroof, a navigation system, a nine-speaker Beats sound system, forward collision warning, and blind spot monitoring.

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What Does Jeep's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Jeep offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Jeep extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. Additional benefits are available, including a 90-day SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription, a CarFax vehicle history report, 24-hour towing and roadside assistance, and a car rental allowance. There are mileage and model restrictions, so read the Jeep warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Jeep has one of the worst CPO programs in the industry. Only Volkswagen offers a worse program.

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How Safe Is the Renegade?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2016 Jeep Renegade a Good rating, the highest it offers, for side and moderate overlap front crash safety, as well as roof strength. The SUV received an Acceptable rating, the second-highest, in small overlap front crash safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Renegade a perfect five-star rating in side impact testing and four stars in overall, front, and rollover testing. Four-wheel-drive models earned three stars in rollover testing.

Jeep offers the Renegade with many advanced safety features, including an available rearview camera, a blind spot monitoring system, and rear cross traffic alert. The more-advanced features are only available in the Latitude and Limited trims; these include lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, rear parking sensors, and forward collision warning with brake assist.

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2016 Jeep Renegade Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Jeep Renegade or 2016 Jeep Patriot?

The 2016 Jeep Patriot tops the Renegade in only two areas: price and space. You’ll likely find a used Patriot for less than a used Renegade. You’ll also get a bit more cargo room in the Patriot. In nearly all other ways, however, the Renegade comes out on top. The Renegade has a much nicer interior, more robust engines, higher fuel economy estimates, a smoother ride, and superior off-road ability. It also offers a number of active safety features that the Patriot doesn’t have, such as blind spot monitoring and forward collision warning. If you’re in the market for a small Jeep, the Renegade is a better pick.

Which Is Better: 2016 Jeep Renegade or 2016 Jeep Cherokee?

The 2016 Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Renegade appeal to two different shoppers. Go with the Cherokee if you want a compact crossover that can haul the family as well as the boat. Its rear seats are more spacious, and when equipped with the available V6 engine, the Cherokee can tow up to 4,500 pounds. The Renegade is the better value, however. Its cargo space and off-road ability are similar to the Cherokee's, and it has almost all the same safety features, but it returns better fuel economy estimates. Used Renegade SUVs are often less expensive as well.

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2016 Renegade Performance

How Does the 2016 Jeep Renegade Drive?

The 2016 Renegade has two engine options: a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 160 horsepower and a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 180 horsepower. Both have drawbacks. The 2.4-liter engine feels strained under hard acceleration, and it’s paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission that tends to hesitate when downshifting. The turbocharged engine has a bit more torque and it provides zippier pickup. However, it’s only available with a six-speed manual transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard with both engines; four-wheel drive is available (and standard in Trailhawk models).

The Renegade’s pliant suspension gives the SUV a smooth, comfortable ride – even on rough pavement, while a tight turning radius and responsive steering make the Renegade easy to maneuver and park. All four-wheel-drive models come with Jeep’s Selec-Terrain system, which adjusts the vehicle’s traction control for snowy, sandy, and muddy driving conditions. That said, the Renegade Trailhawk is the best off-roader of the lineup. It benefits from additional low-range gearing, a taller suspension, and multiple skid plates.

Does the 2016 Jeep Renegade Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2016 Renegade gets 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway with its 1.4-liter engine, which is low by class standards. The 2.4-liter engine drops these fuel economy ratings to 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway (21/29 mpg with 4WD).

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The Renegade is rated to tow up to 2,000 pounds when properly equipped with the 2.4-liter engine and optional towing package.

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2016 Renegade Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Renegade Seat?

The Jeep Renegade seats five. Its front seats are comfortable and nicely supportive, plus – despite the SUV’s small size – they provide an excellent view of the road ahead. Headroom is generous in both rows, though rear legroom is slim for tall passengers. Cloth seats are standard; heated and leather seats are available. The Renegade earns praise for its premium cabin materials. The dashboard, in particular, impresses with its stylish design and soft-touch plastics.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Jeep Renegade?

The Renegade has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the SUV’s LATCH system a Marginal rating for ease of use, because some of the anchors are hard to access and difficult to maneuver around.

2016 Jeep Renegade Features

All Renegade models come standard with an AM/FM radio and a USB port. Available features include a 5- or 6.5-inch touch screen, a navigation system, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. The audio and climate control buttons are separated nicely on the dashboard, making these features easy to locate and use while driving. Jeep’s Uconnect touch screens are similarly straightforward and user-friendly.

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2016 Jeep Renegade Dimensions

Jeep Renegade Cargo Space

The Renegade has 18.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 50.8 cubic feet with its rear seats folded, which is about average for the subcompact SUV class.

2016 Renegade Length and Weight

The Jeep Renegade is 13.8 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,044 pounds to 3,573 pounds, depending on trim and powertrain.

Where Was the 2016 Jeep Renegade Built?

Jeep built the 2016 Jeep Renegade in Melfi, Italy, along with the 2016 Fiat 500X.

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