2015 Jeep Renegade Latitude 2.4 gas from North America

Summary:

Great urban off-road vehicle

Faults:

Never had to have anything repaired in the 2 years I owned the car. There was an occasional squeak or rattle, but it was a lower end Jeep and not a luxury vehicle, so I figured that was expected.

General Comments:

I test drove a few other compact SUVs before buying the Renegade. The others made me feel like I was on my way to drop off kids at soccer practice; the Renegade made me feel like I was heading out on an adventure. The interior is over the top, with contour maps in the cup holders, old Jeep grilles all over the place and mud splats painted on the gauges. Someone had fun during the design process and you can't help but feel some of that fun when behind the wheel.

The interior was devoid of luxury, as if on purpose. Everything was useful and/or fun. Surfaces were easy to clean; no fancy wood, just rugged plastic. There are lots of storage compartments which I greatly appreciated. If you have the model with the removable rood panels, they are stashed under the trunk floor. If, like me, you did not have that roof, you have a nice sub-trunk where you can keep your tow rope, first aid kit, sun tan lotion and other essentials for your adventures.

Of course the back seats fold down, but not flat. I was able to carry furniture, a dryer and take loads to the dump, but it is not quite as cargo friendly as some of the larger SUVs, due to the seat backs always being at a slant.

I took some dirt roads but never did any real off-roading. Was stuck having to drive in a sleet and snow storm, and the AWD performed admirably. The ground clearance makes it easy to run over curbs when necessary. Can do a U turn in a two lane alley. Not sure how it would do as a rock-crawler, but as an urban SUV it did all I asked of it.

It rode a bit bouncy, my wife (BMW driver) disliked it but I just thought it rode like a real Jeep should. Took the corners very well for a tall SUV; not modern car fast, but much better than my 2006 Liberty. I never was afraid it would tip or even felt like I had gotten close to the limits.

The 2.4 Tigershark motor is just barely enough for a vehicle this size. From a dead stop you would have to make sure there was a big enough gap to pull out because it took a little bit of time to get up to speed. My 3.7 Liberty could not keep up with the Renegade on the corners, but would leave it far behind on the straights. But I got 25 MPG in the Renegade compared with 16 MPG in the Liberty, so you have to make a compromise someplace.

Much of the credit for the MPG can be given to the 9 speed transmission. When driving in parking garages or other stop-slow-stop situations, it felt like the Jeep was always looking for a gear and may buck at times when it picked the wrong one. All the rest of the time, the shifts were silky smooth and not even noticeable.

A few times a year I would rent the largest trailer U-Haul has and move stuff (mostly other peoples). The little Jeep moved the load without issue or complaint. Of course you need to leave more room to go and stop, but the load never felt like it was too much for the vehicle to handle.

My biggest complaint was the overly-helpful at times traction control. If I was trying to make a right onto a busy street and gunned the engine while the wheels were turned hard, the computer would figure I was out of control and reduce the throttle. So instead of darting out into 45mph traffic I would launch in front of the cement truck, then slow down. I learned to anticipate it and leave gradually until the wheels were pointed straight and then floor it, all the while yelling, "I think I can!" at the 4 cylinder under the hood.

Overall I loved the vehicle and would gladly buy another.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th November, 2017

3rd Dec 2017, 04:34

Great review.

You articulated the concerns of other owners quite well :)

2015 Jeep Renegade Latitude 2.4 Tigershark from North America

Summary:

Fun exciting new Jeep!

Faults:

Service engine light came on 2nd week of ownership. Dealership diagnosed and it was determined it needed a new set of spark plugs. Seems odd to me, but whatever.

Other than that, no problems!

General Comments:

My wife and I really like the Renegade. It's fun to drive and works well for our small family.

It has some really cool features like blind spot monitoring, backup camera, and it came with 1 year of free Sirius radio and Bluetooth connectivity for our phones.

We have the front wheel drive model, and I will update the review this winter on how well it handles snow.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd July, 2015

4th Jul 2015, 04:10

I just bought mine a week and a half ago. Naturally aspirated sport trim in commando green. Got the 5 inch touch screen. It's a neat commuter vehicle while I put together the Comanche for my off-road toy. Enjoying it and babying it.

3rd Aug 2015, 19:19

What is your opinion on the undercoating protection? I've seen some reports that people are concerned with the lack of undercoating protection.

20th Jan 2016, 05:40

Update from the owner; the Renegade is doing fine in the snow. We just had our 2nd oil change. Great car and fun to drive!

19th Nov 2016, 11:19

Nice car. I think that the Renegade has great character. It's Jeep philosophy in a nice package very suitable for daily driving. I wish you many trouble free happy miles with your Jeep!