The Jeep Renegade Is Nicer Than You Think

It’s common for people to ignore Jeep models aside from the Grand Cherokee due to not having the best reputation for a quality interior. But don’t let the Jeep Renegade fool you. As the lowest-priced Jeep model, it could surprise you. 

The Jeep Renegade is value-packed 

A red 2021 Jeep Renegade driving on a slick surface
2021 Jeep Renegade | Jeep

The 2021 Jeep Renegade has an MSRP of $22,850. This is cheaper than the Jeep Compass that begins at around $24,495. Generally, people think that the cheapest model has the cheapest quality, but the Renegade bucks modern trends. 

Despite not having many changes since 2015, there are notable updates for 2021. The Renegade gained standard blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance, rear cross-traffic alert, and more. Plus, a new 7-inch infotainment system replaces the older 5-inch unit. 

The 8th Anniversary Edition includes 19-inch Granite Crystal wheels with unique interior upgrades. The new Islander Edition features 19-inch silver rims, hands-free entry, a panoramic sunroof, and island-themed badging. 

Which Jeep Renegade trim level is the best? 

The Jeep Renegade Latitude is often viewed as the best trim level. The Latitude model is the third trim level and begins at about $26,970. It features 17-inch wheels, dual-zone climate control, and upgraded interior materials. 

You can add 4×4 for about $1,500. The Latitude features automatic halogen headlamps, body-color power heated mirrors, body-color door handles, black roof rails, deep-tinted sunscreen glass, and cornering fog lamps. 

The interior includes premium cloth-trimmed seats, a techno leather-wrapped steering wheel, ambient LED interior lighting, a remote USB port, and sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors. It provides comfort and unmatched off-roading capabilities. 

But you can turn up the heat with the Jeep Renegade Limited for about $31,020. It includes active grille shutters, an 180 amp alternator, the Stop/Start system, and the 1.3-liter turbo four-cylinder engine. 

The Renegade Limited provides even more luxury 

A blue Jeep Renegade 4xe and Compass 4xe
Jeep Renegade 4xe and Compass 4xe | Jeep

The Limited looks the part with power heated mirrors and turn signals, a black painted roof, bright exhaust tip, and Limited badging. Remote vehicle start is a nice perk, plus you get a windshield wiper de-icer and rain-sensitive windshield wipers. 

You’ll notice that the interior features leather-trimmed seats with accent stitching, a leather-wrapped shift knob, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and speed controls. You get the 8.4-inch display with HD radio, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot, 3-D navigation, SiriusXM Traffic Plus, and Travel Link.  

The eight-way power driver seat includes four-way power lumbar support. Plus, the front seats are heated, and the doors feature vinyl trim. The 115-volt auxiliary outlet comes in handy, as well as the auto-dimming rearview mirror. 

These are some pretty luxurious features, but we would like to see the addition of a wireless phone charger and ventilated seats in the future. Perhaps when the Renegade 4xe comes to America, it will up the ante. 

While the Renegade Trailhawk provides the stiffest ride, it’s also built to provide the most off-roading capability. Other trim models absorb impacts well and provide a smoother ride and quiet interior. Wind and tire noise can be heard at higher speeds. 

The interior is described as spacious and airy. However, leg space in the second row is tight. The layout is simple, and everything is easy to reach, and the seats fold flat to create a surprising amount of space. 

Don’t knock the Jeep Renegade for being the cheapest model until you give it a whirl. The interior is crafted with premium materials, and creature comforts are included for a comfortable and capable ride.

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