When it comes to subcompact crossovers, the Jeep Renegade stands on its own, even though it doesn’t quite have the impressive features or fuel economy as some of its competitors. But, for those who want a smaller SUV that they can take off-roading, the Renegade fits the bill.
With some mediocre features, but decent styling, Fiat Chrysler created a vehicle that does what a Jeep should do, which is offer adventure. And it does it for an inexpensive price. But, if you’re like a lot of other drivers on the road today, you’re probably more interested in knowing whether or not it had Android Auto. Car and Driver help answer that question as well as show what other features we can look forward to.
A brief history of the Jeep Renegade
Fiat rolled out the Jeep Renegade in late 2014 with the 2015 model. Because Jeep was a well-known name in the automotive industry and was synonymous with adventure, sales immediately took off for this vehicle.
In the first year alone, they sold over 60,000 of these jeeps in the United States, which broke their sales record for the fourth consecutive year according to CalTrend.com. The Renegade was a nice transitional Jeep, or crossover SUV, taking it from on-road scenarios to off-road with the 4×4 option.
Jeep offers a few different trim levels to add some spice to your adventurous vehicle. The Sport model offers plenty for those considering a base package to save money. Then there’s the Latitude and Altitude trims that add mostly cosmetic and exterior features.
The Limited is more of a luxury type model offering leather seats and leather-wrapped steering wheel. The last model trim is the Trail hawk that gives you everything you need for a fun off-road ride.
Will you get Android Auto with the Jeep Renegade?
Nowadays, vehicles have to keep up with the technological times by giving consumers what they want in the cars and trucks they buy. One of the most popular features consumers have asked for in recent years has to do with the capability of connecting to some of their smartphone’s features.
Android Auto, as well as Apple CarPlay, enable drivers to access their phone through the vehicle’s infotainment system, so they can access the data stored on their phones, like music playlists, for example.
Fiat uses the Chrysler product, the uConnect. This system, with the larger infotainment display screens, includes both the Android Auto which connects to Android phones and the Apple CarPlay, which connects to iPhones.
What other features will you get?
The Jeep Renegade has some impressive safety features as well, that you can opt into for driver’s assistance. You can add front parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance, blind-spot monitoring, and automated emergency braking. You also get pretty good performance with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission for the base package.
The interior of the Renegade has some nice added touches that make you feel that your vehicle is pretty unique to all the others on the road. With design maps imprinted on the cup holders and other little surprises stamped on the dash, it makes it an even more pleasant ride to show off to your friends and family members. Add to that some more storage pockets and little cubby areas to hold your stuff, your Jeep feels more like a home away from home.
The Jeep Renegade is another vehicle that is getting more with the times and offering their consumers just what they want in an SUV. By adding Android Auto capability, they’ve pleased a huge number of people, who can now access their Android phones and use the features they want to and not get stuck with factory defaults while driving down the road.