A Closer Look at the 2016 Jeep Renegade
For adventure enthusiasts everywhere, Jeep has answered the call. The new beast in the lineup, the Jeep Renegade, has turned heads and driven into the hearts of all who live by the Jeep name. At first, drivers were a little unsure about the Renegade. A compact crossover? From Jeep? Heresy!
The off-road capabilities soon silenced the non-believers, for the Renegade is still everything a Jeep lover could want. It’s also got that sleek Jeep-style. So when looking for a blend of rugged terrain movements that still shine with elegance, drivers know of one pick: the 2016 Jeep Renegade.
To start, the standard engine for the Jeep Renegade is a 1.4-liter I4 MultiAir Turbo Engine. It generates 160 horsepower, and with Jeep’s signature MultiAir technology, drivers can expect better performance and fuel efficiency. Currently, the fuel economy stands at 24 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway.
Looking for a little more bang for your buck? On the Renegade Trailhawk and Limited trims, drivers can get a 180-horsepower 2.4-liter MultiAir standard. The same engine is available to the other trims as an upgrade. This engine has a fuel economy of 21/29 MPG city/highway.
Driving and Handling
The Jeep Renegade base trim is equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission, but buyers can select a nine-speed automatic transmission if preferred. The Renegade Dawn of Justice Edition, Trailhawk, and Limited trims come standard with the automatic transmission.
Known for “Best-in-class” 4×4 capabilities, two 4×4 systems are available on the Jeep Renegade. Both systems feature a rear axle disconnect system for seamless switching between two and four-wheel drive. Various trims come standard with one of each system – Jeep Active Drive, available on the Renegade Sport, Latitude, and Limited trims; and then there’s Jeep Active Drive Low, exclusive to the Trailhawk.
Judge a Jeep by its Exterior
They say don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but it’s a very different story for the Jeep Renegade. Known for signature style such as the seven-slot grille, the Jeep taillights have the classic “X” accents that tie Jeep to its original roots in the military. They also make the Renegade unmistakable on the road. Available in nine exterior colors, and with the ability to purchase decals and accessories, drivers can personalize their 2016 Jeep Renegade their way.
Drivers have the option to give the Renegade a little fresh air during the next mountain climb with a sunroof. The My Sky open-air dual-panel roof is on select trims. For additional cargo space, roof rails can also be added as an upgrade.
Five passenger capacity? Check. Seat trim options? Check the cloth and check the leather. Extra space for cargo? Double check for a standard 60/40 split second row (not present in the Limited) and a 40/20/40 seat back that comes standard in the Dawn of Justice Edition and Limited trims.
Drivers will also find some neat features during their next joy ride. Selec-Terrain traction control, steering wheel mounted audio controls, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel can all be found on most trims. Plus, a personalized instrument cluster available as a 3.5-inch or 7-inch display.
Are you not entertained?! Fix that with a 4-speaker or 6-speaker system and 5.0-inch touchscreen. Speak in your Jeeps ear through integrated voice command with Bluetooth. Or, just enjoy the media hub with USB and auxiliary input. Oh, and standard on all trims (upgrade for the Sport) is the famous Uconnect system.
Safety Features and Warranty
The Jeep Renegade has many standard and advanced features for safety. These include, but are not limited to, an advanced multistage front airbag system and supplemental side airbags in the front and rear, electronic roll mitigation and stability control, panic brake assist, and a ParkView Rear Back-up Camera (standard on all trims but the Sport).
The Jeep Renegade comes with a basic 3-year/36,000 mile warranty, a 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for 5 years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for 5 years or 100,000 miles.