The little Renegade is the latest Jeep to bound into the mart. The Renegade starts at just under $19,000 with the entry-level Sport and includes the thought Latitude, the leather-appointed Limited and the elevated, $27,740 Trail evaluated 4WD-only Trailhawk. All other Renegades come with front-wheel steer or, for $2000 more, on-demand four-wheel steer.
The little four-door hatchback assets its platform and its Italian assembly formation with the Fiat 500X. It’s determined between the unloved (and soon to be regenerated ) Patriot and the large, more loved Cherokee. It’s the squarest Jeep this side of a Wrangler, hiding its automobile roots behind a conventional seven-slot opening, circular lights, a high position, squared-off wheel wells and a semi-even windshield that would do any Jeep CJ arrogant.
Those who select the Sport or the Latitude can attain a six-speed manual shell joined to a 160-hp 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder from the Fiat 500 Abarth. Other Renegades are induced by a 180-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder and nine-speed automatic combo. Certainly not the most blase ovum in the subcompact-crossover container, the Renegade nevertheless delivers a fun-to-steer air on the street, and the Trailhawk model probably is the only little SUV from any creator you’d want to take off-street.
For this appraisal, we rode the champion-selling model, a Latitude 2.4-liter automatic 4x4, which, with the omissions of some leather cut and the Trail evaluated weaponry, is accessible with all of the Renegade’s champion features. The famous Advanced Technology collection (lane-departure warning, forward-collision warning and park-assist systems for $995) is supplied only with the automatic transmission and therefore the 2.4-liter motor.
The Renegade was all-brand-new for 2015, so news and components for 2016 are few. The elective nine-speaker premium audio system with 506-watt amp and 6.5-inch loudspeaker gains Beats-branded speakers. Also, rain-sensing windshield wipers are accessible on all but the base Sport model. A Limited production 75th Anniversary Edition and an all-black Dawn of Justic Special Edition came in during 2016.
Die-hard Jeep Wrangler mass may not authorize of this automobile-based variation made in Italy, but the Renegade mostly makes buddies. We think it’s attractive, too. The Renegade’s bread raise–container even formations and abbreviated but gangling chart work to its benefit, giving it one of the roomiest compartments in its collection and a helpful merchandise location. a high area of attraction does contribute to body rotate, yet the little Jeep has respectable general equilibrium and fairly fast, bilinear steering. Thinking the abbreviated distance, body motions are ably commanded . The front rooms have abundance of thorax-hugging side help, while the brushed bottom dampers are hotspot-free for long durations. The turbo 1.4-liter and six-speed manual powertrain collection offers benevolent debased and mid-extent torque, accurate stagehand throws and creaseless grasping act. Optional available as the dismissible MySky roof sheet and the clear-sounding Beats audio system.
The 2.4-liter four-cylinder operations roughly and gets coarser as revs rise. With nine ratios, the automatic transmission has a wheel for just about any riding state, but translations occur too soon, and gearchange standard varies from staccato to stretchy. The 2.4-liter’s 180 horsepower should put the Renegade out in front of the performance line, but immoderate weight disorderlinesses acceleration. The deep windshield A-pillars are proboscidean ankles, hurting outward perceptibility and the orientation to the procreate housings is even more prevented. There is above-average street and twist sound. Restraint plunge is broad and stopping spacings in the off-street-geared Trailhawk are longer than we’d prefer. A well-optioned Renegade can mission into the debased-to-mid-$30K extent, which is Cherokee country.