2017 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk

Pros: Good passenger space (save for rear legroom) and cargo room in a tidy package; solid body structure contributes to good ride quality for the class; distinctive styling; broad range of available technology features and unique equipment

Cons: Road, wind, and engine noise intrude a bit in highway driving; thick roof pillars compromise visibility; automatic transmission is often slow to downshift for more power

CG Says: The 2017 Jeep Renegade is relatively unchanged. Keyless access and starting will be standard on all models midyear. Also available midyear, are optional High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights. Deserthawk is a new model that adds unique interior and exterior trim, along with power driver seat and dual-zone automatic climate controls to the Trailhawk. Introduced for 2015, Renegade is a subcompact-sized SUV that revived a model name from Jeep’s past. The Renegade is based on the same basic platform as the Fiat 500X from Jeep’s parent company, but it has more-rugged, “Jeep-esque” styling, higher ground clearance, and the availability of an off-road-capable 4-wheel-drive system. Like its Fiat 500X cousin, the Renegade is built in Italy. Among the available features are heated mirrors, a heated steering wheel, and unique “My Sky” dual removable sunroofs (the forward one being available with a power-sliding feature). Available safety features include blind-spot monitoring, rear-obstacle detection, rear cross-path detection, rearview camera with dynamic grid lines, forward collision warning, and lane-departure warning. The Renegade stands out in the fast-growing category of pint-sized SUVs by offering rugged-but-cute Jeep styling and legitimate off-road capabilities (when properly equipped).

The Facts
Class Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Jeep
Nation of Manufacture Italy
Base Prices Sport: $17,995
4WD Sport: $19,995
Latitude: $21,495
4WD Latitude: $23,495
Altitude: $22,390
4WD Altitude: $24,390
Limited: $25,195
4WD Limited: $27,195
4WD Trailhawk: $26,645
4WD Deserthawk: $28,140

Base Engine
turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
160
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
24
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31

Optional Engine
2.4-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
180
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21-22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29-30