Jeep Renegade – Affordable, Versatile, Fun!

Adventure is not reserved for the young.  Fifty is the new twenty and with that in mind, Jeep has refreshed its already popular Renegade for 2020 and it continues to check boxes for those who have fun on their wish list, no matter what their age.

I have been anxious to drive the Renegade for some time now,  mesmerized with its tail lights, believe it or not, from the start.  Jeep made a nod to history with the shape of  the gas containers on Jeeps used in World War II, known as  “Jerry” cans to deck out the rear.  You might enjoy reading about them from the Utah Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, just click here.

 

This high-performance Jeep also lures buyers through its style and 4 X 4 performance.  Efficiently garnering 30 mpgs from its standard 2.4L Tigershark engine, its 180 hp and 175 ft lbs of torque cruise through a 9-speed transmission to the front of the pack in the Sport and Latitude models.

A standard 1.3L DI Turbo makes 32 mpg seem easy and anchors itself in the Trailhawk and Limited models.  Trailhawk exclusively boasts the Jeep Active Drive Low 4 x 4 system that allows for a 4 low mode crawl ratio of 21:1.  While I didn’t do any rock crawling, the obstacles and hills that I did ford were a breeze.  In all, Jeep offers seven trim packages so you can choose the right model for YOUR level of adventure.  Click here to see all of the possibilities from Jeep.

2019 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk cargo area
Jeep Trailhawk rear cargo area

Adventure isn’t always an on-the-fly experience, good planning can make for great memories rather than miscues.  Cargo space in the Renegade is ample and fit for any weekend getaway or week-long jaunt.  Packing in people is no problem either, the amount of headroom rivals SUVs twice its size and I can testify to it being almost six feet tall myself.

 

 

I enjoyed the red interior accents on the Trailhawk.  Vent covers and console gave just a pop of color and the Beats® audio system speaker covers stood out.  Controls were clear and handy making for a relaxing drive and ease of use from the start.

 

 

Look up in the Renegade and the My Sky™ retractable system with headliner and removable panels bring in nature as is the case in most all Jeep models.  The wind-in-your hair phenomenon is a trademark and you can click the video below to see how dramatic the reveal really is.

 

Jeep stays in line with its competitors like the Honda HR-V, Hyundai Kona, Chevrolet Trax, and Ford EcoSport with a starting price on the base FWD Sport of $22,275.

The Trailhawk Edition that I drove came in at $36,005 not including the destination fee of $1,495.

Jeep continues its storied legacy through a surge in available models that are giving traditional SUVs a run for their money.

If you ask me, I’ll embrace this Renegade anytime.  Fifty, twenty, or any age between, it just doesn’t matter.

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