The Jeep Renegade subcompact SUV is designed for urban users who require a reliable vehicle. The 2015 model year saw the launch of the Renegade, a brand new vehicle.
The Jeep Renegade isn’t a mini Wrangler, it isn’t. Although it has a rugged off-road appearance, it isn’t as capable of tackling difficult trails like its larger brother. It is still more capable than any of its rivals on the trail, and it has great on-road manners. This makes it an excellent vehicle for mixed-use if you plan to spend most of your time in civilisation, but also enjoy the occasional outing into the wild. If you intend to use the vehicle in harsh environments, the Trailhawk trim level is for you.
Trimming and Pricing
The Renegade is available in Limited, Latitude and Trailhawk trims. The Sport features include 60/40 split-folding rear chairs, an adjustable cargo level, flat folding front passenger seats, two sunroofs and 16-inch steel wheels. Hill Start Assist, digital instrument clusters measuring 3.5 inches, and keyless entry are some of the standard features. The Latitude comes with 16-inch aluminum wheels, tinted sunglass, a leather wrapped steering wheel and rearview camera. The Trailhawk comes with a Selec-Terrain System that allows the driver the ability to choose different driving surfaces, hill descent control and a 0.8-inch suspension lift. 17-inch off-road aluminum tires, red tow hooks skid plates roof rails, black roof, and tougher fascias are all included. The Limited adds 18 inch aluminum wheels, leather upholstery and heated front seats. It also has power adjustable front seats with Lumbar Support, 6.5-inch touchscreen, heated steering, leather wrapped shifter knob, dual zone automatic climate control, and leather upholstery. The MSRP for the Renegade is $19,000 and a factory invoice at $18,800 for the Sport model. The vehicle’s MSRP will be boosted by $3,000 with the Latitude trim level, and $3,000. With the Limited trim level, the vehicle will cost an additional $3,000. The MSRP will go up by approximately $3,000. If you upgrade to Trailhawk trim level, it will increase the cost of the vehicle. As a member you can visit your local Certified Dealer to save money.
Engine and Performance
Two engines can be used to power the Renegade. The turbocharged, 1.4-liter four cylinder produces 160 horsepower. The second, a 2.4-liter four cylinder with 184 horsepower is the more powerful. A six-speed manual transmission works best for the smaller engine. A nine-speed automatic transmission is available for the larger engine. The Renegade has two four-wheel drive options from Jeep. Jeep Active Drive, a fully-automatic system that can be used for little unexpected situations on the roads, is available. Another option is the Trailer Rated Jeep Active Drive Low. This is for off-roading and requires manual engagement. Each setup comes with a rear axle disconnect that improves fuel efficiency when the four-wheel drive isn’t engaged.
The Jeep Renegade’s interior is unlike any other vehicle. This is due to the unique and stylized features like the shape of the vents. Although the interior is black overall, accent colors are available to match the exterior paint. This adds a lot of life and style to the interior. The interior surfaces are nice considering the price. Plus, the steering wheel is thicker than you would expect. There are controls in the center stack that are not intuitively accessible, but they are clear and easy to use. The gauge cluster and the infotainment screen make it easier for the driver to drive the car. The front seats are very comfortable with good side bolsters. While the rear seats are quite enjoyable, they are not as comfortable. As the backseat is limited to children and adults of average height, taller adults will need a higher seat. The interior has a lighter feeling due to the dual sunroofs. The cargo space is average for a compact utility vehicle.