You might think wild ‘outdoors’ when you consider a Jeep, but the compact, zippy Renegade is exceptionally well suited to city life. It’s easy to park, has a solid, well-cushioned feel with a suspension that takes potholes and rough pavement in firm stride. The 9-speed automatic is fun to manipulate and run through its range, braking is sharp and responsive.
The 2016 subcompact, crossover Jeep Renegade is a five-passenger SUV offered in four trim levels: Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk. The base Sport model comes with 16-inch steel wheels, keyless entry, power windows and locks, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a height-adjustable driver seat, cloth upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a four-speaker sound system with an auxiliary jack and a USB port.
The Limited trim comes with 18-inch wheels, dual exhaust tips, automatic wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control, an upgraded driver information display, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote engine start, a 115-volt power outlet, leather upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat (with four-way power lumbar), heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a leather-wrapped shift knob and a 40/20/40-split folding rear seat with pass-through.
The Latitude adds alloy wheels, roof rails, foglights, automatic headlights, heated power-adjustable outside mirrors, body-colored door handles and mirrors, air-conditioning, ambient LED lighting, a fold-flat front passenger seat, cruise control and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Tech updates include a rearview camera, the Uconnect control interface with 5.0-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, voice commands, an additional USB port and a six-speaker audio system.
The Renegade offers a short length but is wide for its size providing unexpected interior space for passengers and their cargo. Naturally, the more upright design affords lots of extra headroom, that extra space is also cleverly utilized to provide ample legroom. Three-across seating becomes possible in the rear thanks to the abundant width. Looking at cargo, you’ll find an area of 50.8 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded down, and 18.5 cubic feet with the seats up.
The 2016 Jeep Renegade comes standard with antilock brakes, traction and stability control, driver knee airbag, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and hill start assist. A rearview camera is standard on all trims except the Sport; two safety packages are available that add blind spot monitoring, rear cross-path alert, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, frontal collision warning and rear parking sensors.
Manually removable sunroofs can be ordered on all Renegades above the Sport trim!
Intuitive controls and clear instrumentation make driving the Renegade easy, and the interior layout and materials are well suited for the Jeep brand. Jeep’s intuitive infotainment system is placed front and center in an attractive cabin highlighted by a practical and ergonomic dash.
Both of the engines on offer for the 2016 Jeep Renegade provide similar power output, so your choice depends more or less on your personal preference. The 1.4-liter delivers its power in smoothly in a sportier manner with an easy-to-shift manual transmission. The 2.4-liter engine has a stronger low-rpm torque making it more powerful and responsive from a stop or at low speeds. The nine-speed automatic transmission is smooth and keeps engine rpm low for maximum highway cruising fuel efficiency.
On-road and in the city, the distinctively styled Jeep Renegade is right at home. Head out into the burbs and you’ll find a fine handling machine on the twistiest road you can throw at it. It’s athletic and nimble with controlled body roll and it certainly can go where other crossovers cannot: off road.
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