The Jeep Renegade: Small, But Mighty
Do you spend your life in the city, but like to get out into the wilderness when you can? Maybe you’re a weekend warrior who wants a car with great off-road capabilities that doesn’t have an out-sized impact on the environment. If so, you should consider the Jeep Renegade.
The Renegade, which was introduced in 2015, is Jeep’s subcompact SUV. Although it’s one of the lesser-known Jeeps available, the Renegade appeals to drivers who prefer a smaller vehicle, but still want the performance and styling of a Jeep. Like all Jeeps, the Renegade has great off-road performance. It can also tow up to 2,000 pounds when properly equipped, which is more than most subcompact SUVs.
If you’re looking for an SUV that is at home in the city, in the mountains, or on the beach, the Jeep Renegade might be the vehicle for you. Here’s everything you should know before buying one.
Size and Capacity: The Jeep Renegade is a subcompact SUV. It has seating for five people, with 35 inches of legroom in the back row. That’s about the same as you’ll find in most sedans. The Renegade has 18.5 cubic feet of cargo space, which is plenty to bring all your equipment. If you need more room, you can fold the rear seat flat to get up to 50 cubic feet of space. The back seat’s 40/20/40 split gives added flexibility.
Unlike many subcompact SUVs, the Renegade is tow-ready (on four-wheel drive models). When it’s properly equipped it can tow up to 2,000 pounds, enough to move a small trailer or personal recreational vehicle.
Performance Specs and Fuel Economy: The Renegade is available with two engine options, which can be paired with four-wheel or front-wheel drive (which comes standard on all but the Trailhawk trim). The base engine for the 2019 Renegade is a 180-horsepower four-cylinder that produces 175 pound-feet of torque. Alternatively, you can upgrade to a 177-horsepower turbo-charged four-cylinder. Although it has slightly less power, the turbo-four has an additional 25 pound-feet of torque, which improves its performance on and off the road.
Safety: The Jeep Renegade is a safe vehicle. The Jeep Renegade comes standard with a back-up camera, but has few other standard safety features. However, additional safety features including lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning are available as part of select packages.