Family Feud: 2016 Jeep Renegade vs. 2016 Jeep Wrangler
The Jeep Wrangler is a vehicle that’s been around for generations, and a used one can be anywhere from 1 to 20+ years old. A used Jeep Renegade, however, is only 1-2 years old at the most. The Renegade is a newer model that was introduced by Jeep in 2014, and also the first one to be produced outside of America. Furthermore, this is also the first Jeep we’ve seen that has a fun and fresh design; offered in vibrant colors with unusual aesthetic choices, and an interior that looks more like an adult play-pen than an off-roader. With that being said, I’d imagine the Wrangler isn’t that happy about this intrusion from its newborn younger-brother. Especially because of how popular the Renegade is quickly becoming.
It’s a classic family feud of older brother vs. younger brother, and both 2016 models bring something fresh and new to the market for the Jeep name.
First, let’s take a look at the Renegade. This Jeep model brings a very unique and interesting look to the Jeep model lineup; and people seem to like it. Not that the Wrangler needs to envy it; it still has it’s own design that appeals to the rugged wilderness-survival crowd.
But, for someone from the city who only likes to part-time off road, or not off-road at all, the 2016 Renegade is the Jeep you are looking for.
The exterior design of the Jeep Renegade is one that’s much different than any other Jeep we’ve seen over the years. First, you will notice it has a very playful demeanor. The design is very fun-looking, and it looks like it belongs in the city driving to night clubs instead of trekking through the woods. One feature that remained the same, is the iconic 7 slotted grill in the front. Except this time, there is a mesh pattern in the slots, and it sits between two rounded LED headlights. Underneath that, the front bumper is nestled between smaller daytime running lights that are the same shape as the headlights.
Other than the iconic grille design, nothing is the same. This is a brand new look for a Jeep, and while the squarish cab may hold some resemblance to a Wrangler model, it’s still much more rounded. The hood is basic, along with the sides, which is good: because if they made the hood and sides of the Renegade stand out, the design would be too overwhelming, and they compliment the shape nicely.
Speaking of outlandish, the back of this Renegade is one of the stranger ones ever seen on a Jeep. In a good way though, it completes the overall fun design of the Renegade. The design of the back is both rounded and square at the same time, which goes well with the design of the cab. The real eye-catcher though, are the tail lights. The tail lights in the 2016 Renegade are this vehicles signature. They are square shaped, just like the overall shape of the Renegade, and light up in an X pattern when you step on the brakes.
These aesthetic features make for a vehicle that is fun-looking. Don’t let the playful looks fool you though, it can still off-road.
The bold aesthetic statement comes with an appealing size as well. The Renegade is proof that good things do come in small packages, and it’s closer to the size of the Jeep Compass or the Patriot. While it does have promising potential when it comes to off-roading, especially the Trailhawk trim, that isn’t the only appeal of this vehicle. Based on what it looks like, along with the size of it, this Jeep is giving off some serious city vibes. With a compact size and a vibrant exterior, this Jeep looks like it belongs driving around the city hitting up night clubs rather than tramping through the woods.
Thankfully it can do both, and the Renegade has both the looks and the size to navigate through the city streets and the woodland trails.
The Wrangler has been, and still is, king of off-roading. While the Renegade brings fresh style to the table, and get’s Jeep into the city commute, the Wrangler is the vehicle that has brought rugged and dependable off-roading experiences to enthusiasts for many years.
For 2016, this off-roading experience has only gotten better.
Still the King of Off-Roading
Recently, the 2016 Wrangler has been winning some new awards; like best-in-class fun to drive, best-in-class off-road performance, best-in-class safety, and most comfortable interior. It was even awarded the prestigious title of 4×4 of the decade by Four Wheeler Magazine.
On top of these numerous awards, the Wrangler is backed by years of upgrades, tweaks, and redesigns. Making it one of the most reliable SUVs in 2016 to roam the woods.
The 2016 Wrangler Rubicon couldn’t have been king without its state-of-the-art off-roading features; like Command-Trac and Rock-Trac 4WD Systems. The Command Trac system provides the ability for torque to be split 50/50 between the front and rear axles. This gives the Wrangler better traction when in hazardous conditions, and makes it easier to traverse whatever type of terrain it’s on. The Rock-Trac system is able to deliver more control and torque at the wheels, which provides the Wrangler with enough crawling power to scale a cliff. This is thanks to that legendary 4:1 low gear ratio and crawl speed that’s been offered on the Wrangler for years.
A few of the other features on the 2016 Wrangler Rubicon that keep the crown on its head are the infamous Dana 44 axles, monotube shock absorbers, and the standard front axle sway bar disconnect for better articulation off-road. The shock absorbers feature low-speed tunable valve technology, which means they will stay firm on the trail and relaxed at higher speeds on the highway.
On top of all this, the 2016 Wrangler Rubicon is still sporting it’s Trail Rated Tough badge, as well as the famous and well-loved design. While the Renegade Trailhawk trim provides decent off-roading capability, nothing does it better than the Wrangler. Therefore, if you are looking for the ultimate off-roading experience; the Wrangler Rubicon is your choice.
The Wrangler sport starts around an MSRP of $23,000, but the Wrangler Rubicon starts at $33,095, and that gets you all the best off-roading equipment Jeep has to offer; which is a lot. The Renegade, however, starts at an MSRP of $17,995 for the base trim, and that price gets you the size and style you need for city driving. Therefore, the 2016 Wrangler has no reason to be jealous about its younger brother. While the Renegade does have some off-roading capability, it’s clear that the Wrangler is still king of the woods.
Even if it did create a bit of a family feud introducing a new model with some off-roading promise, it was a successful move by Jeep. The Wrangler has never looked or performed better, and the Renegade gave Jeep a new edge in the small SUV market. Together, this promising duo looks to make 2016 a great year for Jeep again.