It is rewarding to drive, yet still practical. The 2018 Jeep Renegade is proof that Jeep playfulness and styling can translate to a successful subcompact crossover. Highlights for 2018 include lots of character, plenty of technologies and an excellent handling. Its release date, although marred with a lot of speculations, should be anticipated in early 2018.
Critics and fans alike were concerned about whether there was a possibility of a subcompact crossover wearing the badge of an automaker whose reputation was solely built on off-road prowess. For starters, this was because Jeep was popularly known for building small crossovers like the Compass and Patriot whose performance, in all fairness, was largely underwhelming.
Hopefully, with several test drives under our belts, we can confidently confirm those fears to be tenuous. The Renegade is a capable off-roader just like other subcompact crossover SUVs. It is easy to drive and offers lots of practicality except for interior space.
It does the job of soaking up bumps and potholes well with its revised suspension, therefore offering a well-cushioned ride quality that makes it a peach on the road. Interior wise, you should expect lots of leg- and headroom and bright trimmings. The ride quality of the top-of-the-range Trailhawk, for some, might be rather rough-and-tumble, but offers an unparalleled off-road ability in reparation.
The Renegade is also a cinch to place on the road considering its small footprint. It’s also convenient when it comes to navigating tight roads or when maneuvering parking spaces. There are, however, some idiosyncrasies that prevent the Renegade from topping in the segment. It offers a small cargo area that’s inconvenient for long road trips. The fuel economy and acceleration are mediocre, while the automatic transmission seems confused and clunky.
It is for these reasons that we recommend other alternatives in the segment. They include the voluptuous and easy-to-drive 2018 Honda HR-V, the more powerful, and engaging 2018 Mazda CX-3, the serious 2018 Subaru Crosstrek off-roader, and, finally, the similarly equipped and capable 2018 Fiat 500X.
Trims Available – Jeep Renegade
4trim levels – Trailhawk, Sport, Limited, and Latitude – are offered for the 5-seat Jeep Renegade 2018 subcompact crossover SUV.
Exterior Review & Jeep Renegade Interior Accessories
Features and accessories offered for the base Renegade Sport trim include a six-speaker sound system, a rear folding 60/40-split seat, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, keyless ignition and entry, driver adjustable seat, sixteen-inch wheels, dual USB ports, automatic climate control, cruise control, a six-speaker audio system, electronic windows and locks, and an auxiliary audio jack.
The Renegade Latitude trim model adds a five-inch touchscreen display, a body-colored door handle, automatic headlights roof rails, rood rails, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, satellite radio, an aftview camera, exterior power adjustable heated mirrors, alloy wheels, an additional USB port, voice commands, a 6-speaker sound system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and an ambient LED cabin lighting.
Springing for the Renegade Limited assures you of heated fore seats, a power adjustable driver seat (eight-way), a rearview auto-dimming mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, eighteen-inch wheels, a leather-wrapped shift knob, a 115-V household style power outlet, a driver-upgraded information touchscreen, dual exhaust tips, automatic wipers, rear 40/20/40-split foldable seats,
The rough-and-tumble-themed Renegade Trailhawk offers unique exterior accents, an upgraded central display, premium cloth upholstered seats, a removable cargo floor panel, red interior stitching, a full-size spare, underbody skid plates, a leather-wrapped shift knob, automatic wipers, 17” alloy wheels, a raised suspension, and a 115-V power outlet.
Standalone items and optional packages should be expected on its release date.
Engine Specs – 2018 Jeep Renegade
A 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder mill is offered under the skin of the Renegade Latitude and Sport trims. The power output of the mill stands at 160 horsepower and 184 lbs. ft. of torque and is forwarded to the wheels via the six-speed manual. EPA estimates the base mill to return 24 city, 31 highway, and 27 mpg combined.
Optionally offered for the two models is a 180-hp and 175 pounds-ft. of torque – generating 2.4L four cylinder engine. Here, expect a fuel economy of 22 city, 31 highway, and 25 mpg combined.
With the exception of the 4WD Renegade Trailhawk, all the rest are offered with a either a FWD or an AWD. Two different test vehicles have revealed the Renegade Trailhawk will require 9.7 seconds to spring from 0-60 mph.
2018 Jeep Renegade Release Date & Price Estimate
It is hoped that the new 2018 Jeep Renegade will be released in early 2018. An MSRP starting from $17,995 will set you back if you decide to purchase the 2018 Jeep Renegade.