2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk: Crash-Tested
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on November 16, 2015
Yeah, so this happened.
Fortunately, our pint-sized 2015 Jeep Renegade shrugged off the impact and asked, "Is that all you got?"
As you can infer from the main photo, I stopped for a red light in our Renegade. The silver Toyota Celica didn't. I don't know the exact speed of the impact, but below 20 mph would be my guess.
Our Trailhawk-spec Renegade didn't suffer nearly as much damage as the Celica. At impact, the Celica went under the Renegade. A witness told me that the rear of our Renegade actually lifted off the ground, so some of that kinetic energy went in an upwards motion instead of being delivered as a straight shot. The Celica's low-slung nose and our Trailhawk's raised suspension were likely contributing factors.
There were no injuries, but the Celica was inoperable and had to be towed. After we exchanged information, I was able to drive off.
Based on visual inspection, the damage to our Renegrade seems contained to the bumper cover, which is scraped, punctured and dented in places. The rear tow hook is also a bit bent, and the opposite-side insert is dangling by a thread. It's possible/likely that there's some structural damage to the bumper, of course, and maybe the muffler or some underbody stuff took a minor hit.
But the liftgate opens fine and our Jeep drives just like it did before. (There's some minor wheel or steering wheel misalignment, but honestly it could have been like that before and I only noticed it because of the accident).
Our Renegade is off to the shop. We'll keep your updated on the state of repairs.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor