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The 2015 Jeep Renegade is an all-new subcompact crossover SUV possessing everything you’ve ever known and loved about the Wrangler and Cherokee, along with its own distinct style, character, and added perks.
Shorter, yet about an inch wider than the popular Cherokee, the Renegade boasts a three-passenger rear seat and additional useful cargo capacity. It’s easy to park, fun to drive, and its four-wheel drive models, such as the Trailhawk, absolutely dominate the off-road environment.
With a body structure modeled after the Fiat 500X, who would have thought this mini off-road hybrid would pack so much punch with Jeep fans and auto reviewers alike?
“Sure, the Renegade has unmatched off-road credentials,” states Edmunds. “You almost expect that. But would you have also guessed that this Jeep is fun to drive around town and has plenty of character?
“It’s nimble around town and easy to park, and four-wheel-drive models, especially the Trailhawk, offer best-in-class off-road capability,” it continues. “Buyers have a choice of two engines. We prefer the base turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder because it is smoother than the available 2.4-liter four-cylinder. Otherwise, the engines put out similar amounts of power.
“Compared to previous, inexpensive Jeep crossovers like the Compass and Patriot, the Renegade is also more personable,” adds Edmunds.
Mud, snow, sand or rock, this tiny beast will get you and your loved ones where you need and want to go, safely. Those terrains, as well as a map of the world-famous Moab off-road area, are actually embossed in the center console tray of the Trailhawk—along with decorative mud splatter! If that doesn’t give you some sense of just how reliable the Renegade is in these challenging conditions, we’re not sure what else does.
“Small, cheap, and cheerful, the Renegade is just as much fun as its toylike dimensions might lead you to believe,” writes Car and Driver. “Its styling is full of nifty Jeep touches, including two removable ‘My Sky’ roof panels and clever Easter Egg design details sprinkled throughout.
“Power comes from a 160-hp, 1.4-liter turbo four with a six-speed manual or a 180-hp, 2.4-liter four with a nine-speed automatic,” it continues. “Each is available with front- or four-wheel drive, and the Trailhawk model promises real off-road capability.”
Kelley Blue Book cites the Renegade’s safety technology and the Trailhawk version as its “Favorite Features.”
Among some of this safety tech—which was until recently reserved for luxury cars, it explains—are: Lane Departure Warning-Plus and Forward Collision Warning-Plus, which can automatically apply the brakes in the event of a collision, and blind-spot monitoring.
“No other vehicle in its class has the off-road chops of a Jeep Renegade Trailhawk,” it raves. “This trail-rated Renegade boasts additional hardware and software that make it surprisingly capable in the wild. And even if you never exploit its full potential, you can appreciate the Renegade Trailhawk’s tougher looks.
“…the Renegade is practical, efficient and offers surprising safety and tech features,” continues Kelley Blue Book. “Its small size makes it at home in crowded cities, and its sub-$19,000 starting price is highly attractive. Where it stands apart is in the wild. With optional 4-wheel drive and the ability to tame terrain, the Renegade earns its Jeep badge.”
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