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Jeep Renegade Overview
When it comes to subcompact SUV’s that combine great city driving and the ability to handle offroad situations the Jeep Renegade is a good choice. It includes modern features like a multimedia center with 5-inch or 7-inch touch screens depending on the model, Rear Backup Cameras, SiriusXM satellite radio and Apple Carplay on some models. In models like the Limited you get an Active Drive 4x4 system, heated leather seats and the Keyless Enter ‘n Go entry system.
Between the various models available you can finds one that will give the right ratio of city driving features to off road capabilities.
Best-In-Class 4x4 Capability
The Jeep Renegade has two 4x4 systems to choose from to fit your personal driving needs wherever you to go. On the standard Jeep Renegade the Active Drive 4x4 system is used that only powers the front wheels until 4x4 traction is required. On the Trailhawk model the Active Drive Low is used which features a rear axle disconnect and has a 20:1 crawl ratio for serious off road capabilities. Both 4x4 systems are combined with the Selec-Terrain Traction Management System that lets you select between Auto, Mud, Sand, and Snow to give additional informatin to the 4x4 system. On the Trailhawk model an additional terrain mode, Rock Mode is available.
When it comes to using the Jeep Renegade off road the Trailhawk model is what you’ll want in a 4x4 system. The standard Active Drive 4x4 system available on non Trailhawk models is a basic 4x4 system that you can get on many other makes and models of subcompact SUV’s on the market today.
The Jeep Renegade is powered by either a 1.4L MultiAir Inline 4 Cylinder Turbo engine with a 6 speed manual transmission or 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir Inline 4 Cylinder engine with a 9 speed automatic transmission. Both engines are available on the Jeep Renegade models with the 1.4L Engine standard on the Renegade Sport, North, and Altitude 4x2 models. On the 4x4 models the 2.4L Tigershark engine is standard on the Upland 4x4, Trailhawk 4x4, and Limited 4x4. It is also available on the Sport 4x4, North 4x4 and Altitude 4x4.
For the general city driving the 1.4L engine has enough power but for 4x4 driving the additional power and torque available on the 2.4L engine is a must have.
The 2018 Jeep Renegade features a roomy interior that is both spacious and flexible. It features a 5 seat interior with Best-in-Class 1st Row Headroom. The rear seats fold in various ways to give you plenty of flexibility in passing cargo through from the back to fit in your skis, snowboards, and other equipment to fit your active lifestyle.
The quality used in the interiors build process to manage gaps and joints gives the Jeep Renegade an expensive luxury feel at a great price. Combine this with premium soft touch interior materials and you have an interior that is special in this class of SUV.
This attention to quality and detail on the interior of the vehicle is one of the best features of the Jeep Renegade and from and interior perspective is a leader in its class. The interior really does make you feel like you are driving a spacious luxury car.
If you are in the market for subcompact SUV that drives well in the city, has a comfortable interior, has 4x4 capabilities, the ability to go off-road, and at an affordable price point then the 2018 Jeep Renegade is a decent choice. As a comparable vehicle you should also look at the Mazda CX-3 which has similar features and is a bit better on gas.