The 2016 Jeep Renegade is unlike other models in the Jeep lineup because of its size and entry-level price tag.
The 2016 Renegade is the smallest Jeep in the current lineup, standing more than foot less than the Cherokee. However, don’t let this compact crossover’s relatively petite and playful exterior fool you, the Renegade is completely capable of getting down and dirty, too.
The 2016 Renegade’s exterior appears less rugged than other Jeep models with a fun, cartoon-like build. Despite its unique aesthetics, the Renegade still fits nicely into the Jeep lineup with typical features such as its seven-bar grill and big, circular headlights.
For 2016, Chrysler has fitted the Renegade with a robust center console with large, easily accessible knobs for the air conditioning and other controls.
There are various options as far as available features for the Renegade, which comes in four different trims. The standard trim, Sport, comes with remote keyless entry, power front windows, 60/40 folding rear seat, steering wheel mounted audio controls, rear window wiper, a handy infotainment system and a rear cargo lift gate as well as USB and auxiliary inputs. Other trims — Latitude, Trailhawk and Limited — add several different options, such as skid plates or an auto-dimming rearview mirror, depending on the trim level.
Although the Renegade is well-suited for dirt roads and bumpy rides at any trim level, it excels on paved roads and urban traffic, as well. The Renegade easily cushions up any speed bumps or potholes, making the ride very comfortable. Additionally, its compact size allows the Renegade to easily maneuver through traffic.
If you are more likely to take the Renegade on roads less traveled however, then the Trailhawk trim is the best option for you. The Trailhawk ups the ante by adding hill descent control, all terrain tires, automatic wipers and a raised suspension making it a stellar off-road vehicle.
This trim also comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that creates 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque and is available only in four-wheel drive.
The standard engine on the Renegade is a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder option. It is capable of 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. You have the option of picking a front-wheel or four-wheel drive for the Sport and Latitude models. In testing, the Sport and Latitude trims were capable of reaching 60 mph in 9.4 seconds while the Trailhawk was about 0.3 seconds slower. Which, is to be expected since the Trailhawk is about 200 pounds heavier.
The 2016 Jeep Renegade offers versatility and functionality in a fun-looking subcompact. In a true Jeep-like fashion, the Renegade can take any road, paved or not. Its compact size makes it ideal for frequently congested urban environments and its entry-level price makes it a hard deal to beat. Despite its smaller scale, the Renegade comfortably seats five, with ample headroom. For a versatile on- and off-road vehicle, the Renegade has several features and trims that will suit your needs.
The MSRP for the 2016 Jeep Renegade starts at $17,995.