2019 Jeep Renegade
The 2019 Jeep Renegade is an entry level compact SUV that’s meant to introduce potential drivers to the brand’s off-road capability, fuel-efficient powertrains, and iconic open-air freedom – all while offering trims that range from standard to luxurious. A host to innovative features that improve on and off-road dynamics while riddled with advanced technology offerings, the 2019 Renegade is a start-up SUV that’s hard to beat.
Avail. Engine Type
The 2019 Jeep Renegade comes in three trims when paired with front-wheel-drive – Sport, Latitude, and Limited, while the 4×4 drivetrain offers the same trims plus an additional one – the Trailhawk trim. All Sport and Latitude trims are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder Tigershark engine that generates 180 horsepower and up to 175 lb-ft of torque. No official fuel economy measures are available as of yet but these same trims in the 2018 model year had a fuel economy of 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
The Limited and Trailhawk trims are powered by a newly-engineered 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (optional upgrade on the Sport and Latitude trims) capable of generating 177 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque. This turbocharged engine option comes equipped with engine stop-start (ESS) technology and active grille shutters (unavailable on the Trailhawk trim), two active features that improve fuel efficiency. Jeep has discontinued manual transmissions on all Renegade trims and recently introduced a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission for reduced emissions that’ll be mated to the new engine. Towing capability of the Sport and Latitude trims, regardless of drivetrain choice, is a solid 2,000 pounds. Towing capacity of the Limited and Trailhawk trims is pending.
Driving and Handling
The new and improved engine isn’t the only enhancement that the 2019 Jeep Renegade receives. Besides the new transmission and active grille shutters, Renegade 4×4 models now also feature a segment-exclusive disconnecting rear axle and a power take-off unit (PTU) to maximize fuel efficiency. There are two different 4×4 systems available on the Renegade – the Active Drive 4×4 system is a part-time 4×4 system that automatically engages depending on driving conditions or by driver request, and is standard on the Renegade Sport, Latitude, and Limited trims.
The Renegade Trailhawk also has another part-time 4×4 system called Active Drive Low – a system with low-range capability that provides low-speed traction with an impressive crawl ratio of 21:1 making rock crawling a breeze. Additionally, the Trailhawk has 8.7-inches of ground clearance and up to 19 inches of water fording. Both the Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4×4 systems also offer the Jeep Selec-Terrain system that comes with up to five driving modes – Auto, Sport, Snow, Sand/Mud, and Rock – for optimum performance whether on or off road regardless of the weather conditions.
The 2019 Jeep Renegade sports a refreshed exterior complete with new front fascias, a new grille surround, new aluminum wheel designs, and a new wheel option for the Latitude and Limited trims – 19-inch aluminum Granite Crystal wheels. A new LED Lighting Group available on the 2019 Renegade lineup adds LED headlamps, cornering fog lamps, LED tail lamps, and daytime running lamps.
Each unique trim comes with its respective badge lest a prospective owner forget they’re behind the wheel of a Jeep vehicle. Side roof rails vary from black to chrome depending on the trim, while lower body side-cladding and monotone paint is standard across all trims. The My Sky Power retractable/removable panels is an optional upgrade across the lineup as a way to enjoy that open-air feeling that the Jeep brand is known for. Three new exterior paint colors have been added for the 2019 lineup – Bikini, Sting Grey, and Slate Blue – and will have late availability. An additional seven other exterior colors already exist and are as follows: Colorado Red, Omaha Orange, Granite Crystal, Jetset blue Metallic, Glacier Metallic, Black, and Alpine White.
Features are varied depending on the trim, but standard across all trims consumers will find steering wheel-mounted audio controls, a height adjustable rear cargo floor, a front center sliding armrest, and cargo tie-down loops. The upholstery varies from cloth to fabric, while leather is an optional upgrade on the more luxurious trims. Higher-tier trims such as the Limited and Trailhawk trims come standard with all-season floor mats and a leather-wrapped shift knob. The Renegade Limited is top of the lineup with features such as heated front seats, a power 8-way driver seat with lumbar support, a heated steering wheel, and a 40/20/40 rear seat with trunk pass-thru for convenience. All 2019 Renegade vehicles now include new instrument cluster graphics.
Six new interior color combinations are now available for 2019 Renegade trims including Black Sandstrom with Metal Diamond accents, Trailhawk Black with Ruby Red accents, Trespass Black with Metal Diamond accents, Polar Plunge leather with Grillz accents, Black leather with Grillz accents, and Polar Plunge with Metal Diamond accents.
Just like with many of the other features, the infotainment system varies depending on the trim with a media hub (USB and AUX connections) and a 6-speaker audio system as the only standards across the lineup. A new Uconnect 4 infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto capabilities, integrated voice command Bluetooth, audio streaming, and a complimentary SiriusXM Sat Radio one-year subscription are all standard features of every trim but the Sport trim. A larger 8.4-inch touchscreen display with navigation is an available upgrade, as is an eight-speaker premium Beats Audio sound system complete with a subwoofer for quality sound.
Safety Features and Warranty
Standard safety features across the lineup include supplemental side airbags both in the front and rear of the cabin, an advanced multistage front airbag system, a ParkView rear backup camera, panic brake assist, electronic roll mitigation, stability control systems, an anti-lock braking system, and LATCH-ready anchors for children’s car seats. An Advanced Tech Group package is also available and it offers ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist Plus, front park sensors, blind spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control. The Renegade Limited trim, regardless of the drivetrain, has the option to upgrade to advanced safety features such as Forward Collision Warning Plus and LaneSense Departure Warning Plus.
All Jeep vehicles come standard with a basic 3-year/36,000-mile warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance over the course of five years or 100,000 miles (whichever comes first), and rust-through coverage for five years or 100,000 miles. The 2019 Jeep Renegade has a starting MSRP of $18,750 (plus destination fee).