Reviewing the 2015 Jeep Renegade
The 2015 Jeep Renegade got some hype when it was first announced. Car enthusiasts haven’t really had too many options to purchase an open-roof compact with four-wheel drive, with the Wrangler being the primary choice. Luckily for all of us, the brand delivered
The Renegade features a unique combination of room (despite the small size), power, and luxury, as the interior and exterior include a number of awesome features. If you’re seeking a used Jeep in Colorado Springs, take a look at our guide below. Maybe we’ll convince you that Jeep’s newest crossover is the vehicle for you…
When you heard that Jeep was producing a subcompact crossover, you probably imagined a smaller, less-roomy version of the brand. That’s surprisingly not the case with the 2015 Renegade, as many of it’s measurement specs rival that of some other Jeeps models, specifically the 2015 Wrangler.
When it comes to the exterior measurements, the Renegade beats out the Wrangler in every spec besides the width and height. While the width is almost three inches smaller, the Renegade is more than a foot longer! This doesn’t necessarily result in the subcompact crossover having an advantage in the interior measurements, but the Renegade still rivals the Wrangler’s specs. The Wrangler and Renegade’s front head room, front leg room, rear leg room, front shoulder room, and rear head room are within an inch of each other, and the smaller Jeep actually has a considerable seven-inch advantage in the rear hip room.
For more room, drivers have the flexibility of splitting their rare seats however they want. You could opt for a 60/40 split folding rear bench or, believe it or not, a 40/20/40 split folding rear bench with a cargo area “pass-through.” If you want to take it a step further, you can even fold down the front passenger seat.
The 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine has a surprising power output consider it’s small size, as it’s capable of producing 160 horsepower and 184 ft-lbs of torque. The 16-valve, inline 4-cylinder engine also delivers some excellent fuel economy, offering an estimated 24 city mile per gallon and 31 highway mile per gallon. This results in a 304.8/393.7 mile range.
The drivetrain is composed of a six-speed manual transmission, designed to be more compact, fuel efficient, and less noisy in the cabin, especially while on the highway. There’s also four-wheel drive, which can be switched to two-wheel drive via the “rear axle disconnect system.” The system can also “increase efficiency” when the four-wheel drive isn’t required and “enhance” traction when the system is required.
If potential buyers wanted something a bit more powerful, they could opt for the 2.4-liter Tigershark I4 engine, capable of producing 180 horsepower and 175 ft-lbs of torque. Available on the Limited and Trailhawk models (which both offer the exclusive nine-speed automatic transmission), this engine delivers similar fuel economy specs to that of the 1.4-liter engine.
The body structure is composed of about 70 percent high-strength steel, magnesium and aluminum. When added to the “responsive steering system” and the “integrated KONI frequency selective damping front and rear strut system,” you can expect top-of-the-class handling and performance.
The Renegade went a step further to improve the driving experience, adding the Selec-Terrain traction control. A driver can select a setting for specific conditions, whether it’s snow, sand, mud, or rock (only included on the Trailhawk model). The system will allow the Renegade to keep it’s traction while also being aware of the fuel efficiency.
If the black leather trim and red accent stitching (or, if you prefer, the bark brown/ski gray combination) isn’t enough, the Renegade offers a variety of technological features. The main prize is the Uconnect 6.5-inch infotainment system, capable of accessing your phone, the radio (AM/FM or SIriusXM), a sensor-assisted GPS, and speed-adjusted volume controls. The included Connect Voice Command Bluetooth capabilities allows you to call or text via your phone, although it’s not yet compatible with iPhone devices.
That’s not it for technology, as a seven-inch full-color information display pops up right near your speedometer and fuel gauge. Using the steering wheel-mounted controls, you can scroll between Selec-Terrain options and the Active ParkSense and Rear Park Assist features (which we’ll get to later).
With all the features, you’d certainly want to enjoy it. That’s why the Renegade included a nine-speaker, 506-watt audio system, featuring a 6.5-inch subwoofer!
The Renegade also includes a number of exclusive exterior features, all added to improve your driving experience. It starts on the bottom, where 16-inch alloy wheels are framed by 215/65R17 all-season tires.
Moving on up, there’s plenty of elements that will help you out on a rainy, dark night, including a rear defogger, heated mirrors, the intermittent wipers, and rear window wipe. For those looking to travel, a roof rack will secure any bulky cargo, and for those looking for some privacy or shuteye, the privacy glass will certainly work to your advantage.
Best of all, there’s the My Sky “open-air, dual-panel roof,” with panels that can easily be retracted or removed to give you that popular Jeep-riding experience. Jeep accounted for storage room for the panels, as they can easily be hidden in the adjustable rear cargo area.
Similar to many of the new 2015 Jeeps, the Renegade offers up to 70 safety and security features. Standard features include a four-wheel anti-lock braking system, seven airbags (including a full-length side curtain and knee blocker), emergency braking assist, an engine immobilizer, traction control, tire pressure monitoring, and plenty more.
Renegade owners can opt for the ParkView Rear Back Up Camera, which uses dynamic lines to assist with alignment as you’re backing up, and the Rear Cross Path Detection system, which alerts the driver of any upcoming traffic as the Renegade is attempting to reverse.
The Rear Park Assist System utilizes sonar to alert the driver (via audio and visual signals) of obstacles, allowing the driver to adjust as they’re attempting to park. The Full-speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking system will automatically apply brakes when it senses that you’re too close to a fellow driver. The Blind Spot Monitoring System will be cognizant of your blind spots as you’re focused on switching lanes, and the lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist capabilities will determine where the lines are on the road, assuring that you’ll never drift.
Best of all, there’s a Uconnect 9-1-1 Call button which utilizes the Enhanced Accident Response System. This will mean help will be sent once a crash is detected, and it also allows for a safer experience following a collision. When the airbags are deployed, the system will automatically turn on the lights, unlock doors, roll down the windows, and shut off the fuel supply.
Coming in at around $18,000, the Jeep Renegade is a very reasonable price considering the combination of features (both interior/exterior and safety), an impressive engine, and a favorable driving experience. If you’re in the market for a Jeep, you’d be making the right choice with the 2015 Renegade. If you’re around Colorado Springs, Colorado, visit The Faricy Boys, where the staff will happily put you in a new Jeep vehicle.