With the Jeep Renegade entering the marketplace as an all-new small SUV in the 2015 model year, the 2016 version is only altered by equipment updates, including rain-sensing wipers and the optional Beats premium audio system with 9 speakers, a 6.5-inch subwoofer, and a 506-watt amplifier. Like this test driver, rabid Jeep fans will find lots and lots to like about the Renegade. There are four trims: Sport, Latitude, Trailhawk, and Limited. In its Trailhawk attire, Jeep’s Selec-Terrain system enables the driver to dial-in a traction setting: auto, snow, sand, mud, and rock. (Only the Trailhawk version offers the rock mode.) Selec-Terrain puts the 4x4 Renegade Trailhawk in the optimal performance mode for any on-road/off-road situation.
Power for the Renegade is via a 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder grabbing 160 horsepower at 5500 rpm/184 pounds-feet of torque at 2500-4000 rpm, or a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder spinning 180 horsepower at 6400 rpm/175 pounds-feet of torque at 3900 rpm. Base engine mates to a 6-speed manual, while the 2.4-liter engine mates with a 9-speed automatic transmission. The test driven 101.2-inch wheelbase Renegade was fitted with the My SkyTM power retractable/removable roof panel system. It’s a nice option for buyers that crave open-air driving. Renegade Trailhawk 4x4 with 2.4-liter engine collects estimated mpg of 21 city/29 highway and has a suggested base price of $26,495.