Notes: Be warned the previous model year (2015) Jeep Renegade has a large number of complaints reported by owners. Time will tell whether the 2016 Renegade has the same issues.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,200 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2016 Jeep Renegade steering problems

steering problem

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2016 Jeep Renegade Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 162017


  • 200 miles


Driving on rainy day. Going anywhere from 30 to 55 mph. All idiot lights came on the dash. Said service everything lost power steering lost power brakes.

- Colfax, IL, USA

problem #2

Aug 062016


  • 6,000 miles
Vehicle was purchased May 16, 2016. On August 6, 2016 the vehicle completely shut off while traveling 60 mph down the interstate. The electronic traction control light came on and the 4-wheel drive lights shutoff completely. It only traveled approximately 20-30 feet before coming to a complete stop. All the lights on the dashboard came on and stayed on. After the stop, the driver was able to put the vehicle in park and attempted to restart the vehicle to remove it from the interstate. The vehicle did not restart, did not turn over; absolutely nothing happened. Shortly after the complete shutoff, the vehicle was hit by another vehicle. Now that the vehicle is in the shop, the body shop is also unable to start the vehicle. They have replaced the air bag assembly and seat belts and the light indicating the fuel shutoff is still on.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #1

Jul 012016


  • 400 miles
We purchased a brand new 2016 Jeep Renegade latitude on June 11, 2016. On July 1, 2016 at approximately 400 miles the car began to malfunction. On July 1, the vehicle was started via the push-start ignition and ran until the windshield wipers were powered on, at which point the car shook violently, several dash indicator lights came on (engine, parking break, etc.) and the car continued to idle heavily and shutter until the engine killed. Upon restarting, only the engine light was showing, so my husband began to drive it to the dealership. Approximately 3 miles later, at top speeds of 40 mph the car's accelerator and power steering failed and he veered off of a two-way highway into a field. The car was towed to the dealership where they "updated the computer" and sent us on our way without acknowledging the extreme safety hazard regarding the finicky computer system that controls the car and can fail at any moment without warning. On July 15, the satellite radio searched for a signal for several hours, with no other symptoms. On July 17, the car failed again, upon ignition. Several dashboard indicator lights came on the and the car could not be shifted into any gear. On July 18 the car would start, but not shift, and again, has been towed to the dealership for service. Today is July 18, so now we're playing a game of "wait and see" if another computer update will "fix" this death-trap of a vehicle. I feel like this car is a hazard to us and anyone around us on the road or sidewalks where we may be forced to veer off to avoid a collision if the system fails again. There needs to be a recall on this vehicle, immediately, before people are injured or die due to a defect that the dealerships and Jeep are obviously aware of, but refusing to acknowledge.

- Waggaman, LA, USA

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