With all the subcompact SUVs available, one of the most interesting ones has to be the Jeep Renegade. It satisfies with style and handles rough terrain all at the same time. It even got a Top Safety Pick award.
Kelley Blue Book offers their take on what the Renegade offers, and they share their thoughts on which trim level you should consider when you go to purchase one. Let’s see what they had to say.
The pros and cons of the Jeep Renegade
The Renegade is the cheapest Jeep you can buy. It’s versatile with a stylish interior, plenty of useful safety features, but it can still get down and dirty when you go off the trails. The size of the Jeep may be small, but maneuvers perfectly and gets around town easily.
While it’s one of the most inexpensive jeeps, it’s actually on the expensive side when you compare it to its rivals. The price starts around $22,830 for the base Sport model but increases to over $24,000 when you factor in destination charge.
The nine-speed automatic is good but can be hesitant at times. The biggest disappointment with the Renegade is the fact that it has no manual transmission option.
What each trim level offers
The base trim is the Jeep Renegade Sport, which comes with a front-wheel drivetrain and 16-inch steel wheels. It will also have dual-zone climate control, a satellite radio system, and the push-button start feature. Jeep offers a 7-inch display screen with its infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Powering it up is a 2.4-liter motor that produces 180 hp.
Moving up the trim ladder, we stop at the Renegade Latitude, which comes with a lot of exterior features. You’ll get automatic headlights that will go on and off as needed as well as cornering fog lights. It also comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, and even tinted glass. For the interior, there are a couple of features you will find. One is a heated steering wheel, and the other is LED ambient lighting.
The Trailhawk is the off-roading trim for the Jeep Renegade. With this trim, you’ll get a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, a driver’s seat that’s adjustable in eight different ways, as well as heated front seats. Under the hood is a 1.3-liter turbocharged inline-four motor generating 177 hp. The four-wheel-drive Latitude has a low-range mode, skid plates, hill descent control, tow hooks, and 17-inch wheels that come with on-road/off-road tires. Its navigational system can be accessed from the 8.4-inch display screen.
Topping off the Renegade trim is the Limited. This top-of-the-line trim has leather seats, heated front seats, and an adjustable driver’s seat that you can set the way you want it with the eight-way adjusting system. You’ll also get a heated/leather-wrapped steering wheel along with an 8-inch display screen that has navigation.
Why does Kelley Blue Book recommend the Latitude trim?
Not only will you get the automatic on/off headlights, but you’ll also get some useful features, like an illuminated vanity mirror, and USB ports for the second row. It comes standard with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, the same as the Sport trim. However, you have the option to choose the 1.3-liter four-cylinder
The Latitude comes with front-wheel drive, but you still have the option to go for an all-wheel-drive if that’s what you’re looking for. To complement the motor, the Latitude, as all the other trims, gets a nine-speed automatic transmission standard. If you choose to go for the AWD, you have the ability to tow up to 2,000 lbs.
The Jeep Renegade is a pretty nice little vehicle, but expect to pay more than other similarly built SUVs. All trims are promising, but the Latitude offers a better value than the others.