by Edmunds Editor on Decemeber 2, 2016
The Jeep Renegade was all-new for 2015, and it entered the rapidly expanding compact crossover utility segment. We wanted to know if this Jeep could compete with more mainstream vehicles and remain true to its off-road heritage. With that in mind, we set our sights on a 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk 4x4, the most rugged version available.
In Trailhawk form, our Renegade had standard four-wheel drive with a nine-speed automatic transmission and a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. Also included were foglamps, skid plates, hill descent control, a 20:1 crawl ratio, knobby 17-inch tires, a slight lift, and modified front and rear bumper fascias. Inside it had a leather-wrapped steering wheel, backup camera, tinted glass and Uconnect infotainment system with a 5-inch touchscreen.
The Jeep we purchased added a black hood decal ($150), remote start ($200), keyless entry and ignition ($295), upgraded speakers ($495), the Safety and Security Group I ($595) with blind-spot and cross-traffic warnings, Uconnect upgrade ($1,245) and the Premium Leather Group ($95). The final sticker price was $31,495 on our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, but we were able to negotiate a price of $29,577. It was about as loaded as a Renegade gets, so we expected quite a bit from this tiny Jeep. Here's what we found:
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on September 29, 2016
We've whipped on our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk for a few glaring flaws, most notably a witless transmission that some readers think would be fixed with a software update (we aren't keeping this thing long enough to find out).
But as I was driving the Renegade recently, probably for the last time, I spotted an early Jeep Liberty and thought, "Well, at least it's not that."
by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on September 21, 2016
On July 31 we flipped the fuel-economy calendar forward on our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk. A month later we reflect on August and find ourselves yawning. This was one of the least memorable four-week fuel economy stretches since our test began.
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on September 8, 2016
Our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk delivers much more cargo room, headroom and backseat room than you'd expect from just eyeballing it. This isn't news to us.
Brent learned that you could pack it to the ceiling without impinging on passenger space for a family road trip. Ed found out that it accommodates taller drivers like himself just fine. And Cameron tested the backseat accommodations for his equally tall self and determined that the Renegade seats four of him.
Should I have been surprised to find that I could Tetris a bunch of surf and beach gear for two into this small SUV?
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on September 6, 2016
No one likes to feel like they cheaped out on a car purchase, especially when it crosses the $30,000 threshold. Our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk had an MSRP of $31,495 (we got it for $29,577), but these three empty tabs on the Renegade's steering wheel remind us that we left some things on the table.
Which features did we skip?
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on September 1, 2016
The nine-speed automatic transmission is arguably our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk's least-flattering trait. It shifts slow, it shifts often, and it avoids the four-cylinder's power band like the Zika virus. It either has poor programming and calibration or just left the factory too soon. And like Zika, it's spreading, showing up in more and more cars on the market.
But I've made my peace with it.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on August 26, 2016
This is an accomplishment, really. Even if Travis and Mike hadn't road-tripped our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk to and from the 2016 Detroit Auto Show back in January, we still would've accumulated 20,000 miles on this unloved set of wheels.
Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant on August 23, 2016
I don't know if Trailhawk is an accurate description of the 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk. What I do know is that it's capable enough for the average off-road driver. Living up against the western mountainous edge of the San Fernando Valley, I am afforded plenty of cool opportunities to be off-road or on a winding canyon road.
by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on August 11, 2016
Our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk comes with the new ZF-built nine-speed automatic transmission, in case you didn't know. I'm not the first driver in these parts to find it lacking. Back in March, JKav took it to task for general inadequacy, opining that it "kind of ruin(s) every car it's in."
I'll add that I had the Renegade over the weekend, and on three separate occasions, I lifted off the throttle in a low-speed situation and it felt like I'd been rear-ended.
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on August 8, 2016
Late in July, our long-term 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk passed the 12-month mark. We didn't give it a birthday cake or blow out any candles. We just drove it. But its name turned red on our sign-out sheet, signifying that its time in the fleet is drawing to a close.
by Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor on July 22, 2016
Edmunds recently put together a lifestyle video starring our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk. The idea was to show it being used in the manner of a typical owner.
The "owner," in this case, was me.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on July 6, 2016
As our 2015 Jeep Renegade rolls into its last month in the fleet, it's well past the typical number of miles we rack up in a year. A big chunk of that was taken care of in its early days as it criss-crossed the country. But its comfortable interior and handy size also made it a popular vehicle for weekend errands and the occasional camping trip.
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on June 29, 2016
Remember the triangle offense, the innovative basketball scheme that coach Phil Jackson refined to lead the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers to NBA championships? (For that matter, do you remember when the Lakers competed for championships?)
Our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk has its own kind of triangle strategy that connects the left and right sides of the steering wheel and the shift lever.
Here's why this is important: The transmission.
by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on June 27, 2016
Big guys will tell you, the whole "Fat Guy in a Little Coat" routine can get a little too real when shopping for clothes. Or cars. Big & Tall men can't just squeeze into any average jacket — or SUV.
Driving home today, I contemplated the generous 41.1 inches of headroom offered in our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk long-term tester. Would that make the Jeep a good choice for tall people? I decided to stop by a Big Guy's house to find out.
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on June 22, 2016
Saddleback is the common name for a distinctive mountain that hovers over Orange County, California. It really does look like the back of a horse, but in reality it comprises two distinct summits that are about a mile apart: Modjeska Peak and Santiago Peak.
It all resides within the Cleveland National Forest, and there's a network of roads and trails that serve the area. Four of the entry points are available to street-legal motor vehicles. A couple weekends ago I drove our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk up Indian Truck Trail, along Main Divide to the Santiago summit and back down and out via Bedford Motorway.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on June 16, 2016
Our 2015 Jeep Renegade has over 22,000 miles on the clock. It has held together well, with only a few hiccups along the way. After some recent seat time I remembered why I like driving it so much. And a few of the things I don't like.
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on June 8, 2016
Our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk is no longer pulling to the right. But the path to getting it sorted out wasn't entirely smooth. That's fairly typical with this kind of thing.
That's because drift/pull is often confused with a different issue: an off-center steering wheel. A proper diagnosis starts with understanding the difference so it can be clearly articulating it to the service technician.
An off-center steering wheel is just what it sounds like. The steering wheel is visibly cocked to one side when driving straight on a typically-crowned road, which is defined as two percent down to the right. You don't feel any unusual resistance, the car will continue on a reasonably straight course if you momentarily release the wheel. The steering wheel is crooked, is all, probably due to a minor alignment problem.
Drift/pull is different and isn't — pardon the pun — as straightforward, possibly because those two words describe the same thing two ways. Pull is what you feel if you find you must apply steering torque to go straight ahead on a normally-crowned road. Drift is the subsequent vehicle movement you see if you stop applying that correctional torque and let go.
But here it gets tricky. When you release the wheel to observe the drift, the wheel may well rotate to that side. But this is not necessarily indicative of an underlying alignment problem unless the wheel is also off-center when you guide the car straight with your hands on the wheel.
It is possible to have both problems at the same time, and that's exactly what was going on with our Jeep Renegade. It had an off-center steering wheel and a pull to the right.
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on June 3, 2016
At this point it doesn't much matter how many additional miles we put on our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk. Time expires in seven or eight weeks, and the 22,243 miles on its odometer means it has already achieved its 20,000-mile long-term test goal.
Over that distance its overall average fuel economy has settled at 22.1 mpg, a figure that's not liable to move much from here on out. It appears that it's going to pull up short of the 24-mpg EPA combined rating that applies to all 2015 Jeep Renegade 4x4s with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder and nine-speed automatic.
Of course we're happiest when our test cars nail their EPA Combined rating at the end of a long-term test — or at least round up to it. Failing that, we usually part on good terms if a car comes in within a single mpg of its combined rating.
But our Renegade Trailhawk stands 1.9 mpg shy of the mark. That feels like a miss.
Or does it?
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on May 27, 2016
It's still doing it. Our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk is still pulling to the right.
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on May 10, 2016
So the novelty of our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk has worn off. Before it arrived, we wondered if the all-new Jeep was really a Jeep.Could it do X? Could it do Y? Could it handle itself in the off-road? We've answered most of our questions in the 20,000-plus miles we've driven it.
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on May 4, 2016
Ed already told you about our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk pulling to the right. This started following the Renegade's recent 20,000-mile service and tire rotation. Readers suggested various diagnoses and fixes, and we kicked the problem around the office a little bit. Alignment seemed like an obvious place to start, but a few voices felt strongly that it was more of a wheel/tire issue.
We opted to start with a road force balance from our preferred local tire spot, Stokes Tires Service. A road force balance typically seeks to alleviate up/down or fore/aft shake, but but we thought it was worth ruling out whether our problems stemmed from lateral movement.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on April 21, 2016
No, our 2015 Jeep Renegade has not shown any desire to support the Trump campaign. I'm talking about its steering. It's pulling to the right.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on April 14, 2016
As we wrote recently, our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk has cruised past 20,000 miles on its odometer. Around the same time, the Renegade's driver information display posted a notification that we were due for an oil change (the Renegade's service interval is every 10,000 miles).
I therefore dutifully booked an appointment at my local Jeep dealer.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on April 11, 2016
March was a big month for our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk. We hit the road for a total of 3,224 miles. Much of that was on the highway, and that further helped our lifetime average. But even after the significant amount of highway driving we've done with our Renegade, we're still below what the EPA estimates for combined city/highway driving.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on April 7, 2016
We're now at 20,000 miles on our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk. Achieving 20,000 miles is a common goal for our one-year long-term tests and we managed to do it here in just eight months. Of course, driving from Los Angeles to Detroit and back a few months ago certainly helped boost our accumulated mileage. But that also means we've got plenty of time to drive it even further. So far, our opinion of our little Jeep has been mixed.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on April 5, 2016
We neglected to report on the fuel economy of our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk for February. But I'm here to amend for past sins. We added about a thousand miles and averaged 20.9 mpg.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on April 1, 2016
We drove our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk to Detroit and back earlier this year, racking up plenty of miles. More recently, I added an extra 250-mile leg to a road trip I made in our long-term Kia Optima and, because of some logistical reasons, swapped out the Optima for the Renegade to do it. This presented an opportunity for additional observations, this time with my family (wife, two small children) in tow.
by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on March 31, 2016
I was driving our long-term 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk through Joshua Tree National Park about an hour after sunset when I noticed something new about the Renegade. Whenever I turned the wheel left or right, the corresponding fog light would illuminate, providing a little extra illumination in the direction I was heading.
by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on March 29, 2016
Los Angeles doesn't get much rain, meaning there are few opportunities to test out a vehicle's windshield wipers. Last week, I was commuting home in our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk through an afternoon rainstorm. I quickly became annoyed by the pace of the wipers.
by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor on March 24, 2016
Headrests, or "head restraints" in automotive technical parlance, are great things, providing both recumbent comfort and mitigating whiplash injuries in rear-end collisions. And in this golden age of mobile distraction, they are no less important to have in place than a seatbelt needs to be buckled.
With that said, in vehicles like our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, I fail to see the logic in making them a pain in the ass to remove when no "head-restraining" is required.
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on March 22, 2016
Dear 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk,
I am writing to inform you that my briefcase is not a person. Every other car I drive rightly identifies it as an inanimate object, and yet you, and specifically your passenger seat seatbelt warning chime, seem to think that it is. Although I am open to non-humans being considered sentient beings, I am quite certain the "Oakley Home Office" is not the next Data or Number Six.
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on March 17, 2016
Almost any car that I would consider owning needs to accommodate a set of drums. That includes the Cayman S I will buy once all that stock I've purchased in solar companies hits big.
This is not such an impossible criteria, as I've gotten pretty good at shrinking drum sets into configurations that work in almost any car, whatever the gig, rehearsal or free jazz odyssey I'm heading off to play.
It shouldn't surprise anyone that our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk can hold a set of drums, and then some.
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on March 9, 2016
The 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk has been criticized for not being able to carry much stuff. But exactly how much is "not much?"
To find out, I emptied my luggage closet and grabbed my trusty cameraman (aka a ladder and mini tripod). Video after the jump.
by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on March 3, 2016
It's official. The ZF 9-speed transmission is a dud.
It's in our long-term 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, Honda Pilot, Acura TLX, and it was in our Jeep Cherokee. I know a lowest common denominator when I see one.
Does the ZF 9-speed ruin every car it's in? Easy, now. That's strong language. Let's not get carried awa- well, okay, you talked me into it. It does kind of ruin every car it's in.
by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on March 1, 2016
Recently, our intrepid New & Used Car Editor James Riswick compared the potential purchase of a 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk to a CPO Jeep Grand Cherokee. James' post was very thorough and well-researched.
I, too, recently had the occasion to consider the Renegade against other SUVs. My comparison, however, was far less scientific, as it was solely based on the reoccurring theme that the Renegade is "soooo cute."
by Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief on February 23, 2016
My relationship with our long-term 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk crossed over from like to love a long time ago. This vehicle does exactly what it's supposed to do, it does it all extremely well, and it is fun to drive.
Plus it brings a cool factor, real off-road capability and interesting design to a segment that has had very little of each. But there is one thing about our Renegade that annoys me.
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on February 19, 2016
"Hey Josh," I ask, peering over my computer screen and desk partition to Senior Editor Josh Sadlier.
"Yes, sir," he responds, his bearded face eagerly anticipating whatever fascinating query I'm about to throw his way.
"For $30,000, would you rather have our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk," I begin, making sure to say the car's complete year/make/model/trim name in order to properly hyperlink when later describing the scenario. "Or a used Jeep Grand Cherokee?"
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on February 17, 2016
Turns out there's another downside to our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk's dismal fuel range. Beyond stopping constantly on lengthy road trips, I discovered that updating our fuel log spreadsheet is a lengthy, irritating exercise in repetitive data entry. Any more number inputs and I'd need one of those old-timey green accountant visors.
Anyway, the January miles and the Langness/Magrath Detroit road trip managed to bump up our Renegade's lifetime fuel economy by one whole mpg. Travis also managed a new best tank and best range. Sure, he was driving slowly but humdinger!
by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on February 15, 2016
"It's been three days. Let's just go in and demand the key."
This was Mike Schmidt's suggestion regarding our long-term 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk and its visit to Glenn E Thomas Jeep in Long Beach. By this point, the Renegade had been in the shop three days and it was still unclear how much longer things would take. We weren't going to wait any longer.
We agreed to meet at the dealership within the hour.
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on February 11, 2016
As lukewarm as I am toward the engine and transmission of our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, I appreciate the little crossover's spacious cabin. Its boxy body may have been designed with little consideration to aerodynamics, but the high roof provides ample headroom. I'm 6-feet, 4 inches, and there are several inches between the top of my head and the headliner.
There's also enough legroom for me to sit comfortably in the driver seat. But most unusual is the ability to sit behind myself, a feat not often achieved in a vehicle with the Renegade's dimensions.
by Mike Magrath, Features Editor on February 8, 2016
Detroit to L.A. in three days in our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk was easier than it sounds. Sure, the engine and transmission are a mess when presented with anything other than a straight line, but the seats and driving position are great, the infotainment system is tolerable, and it's darned stable. I'd take it again.
Besides the transmission, my most frequent complaint was that of range and MPG. Let's take peek at the numbers.
by Mike Magrath, Features Editor on February 3, 2016
Day Two of my road trip from Detroit to L.A. started off on a good note. Looking out the hotel window, you could almost see the cold. I flicked the button on our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk's key fob triggering the remote start and let it warm up while I hit the showers. This move wouldn't be kind on range, but would prevent me from freezing to death. Fair trade.
This section of the trip wasn't going to be kind to the Jeep anyways. The past few states had been boring and flat, letting the Renegade settle into ninth-gear and relax. Colorado has hills. Utah has an 80 mph speed limit and hills.
by Mike Magrath, Features Editor on January 29, 2016
I briefly considered abandoning our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk in Detroit. It was 11 degrees when I stepped out of the hotel where the Jeep was waiting. The last time I'd driven the Renegade, I vowed never to drive it again, yet here I was, about to spend 2,200-ish miles with it. Tipping the valet $50 to dump it in a river and then jumping the first flight out sounded appealing.
I manned-up, hopped in to find that the seat heaters and steering wheel heater were already cranking. My phone paired automatically. Not bad. Maybe I won't leave it.
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on January 26, 2016
First it was the driving, then we broke down the numbers, third was the photos, and here for the final post on my road trip to Detroit in our long-term 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, is the time lapse video.
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on January 22, 2016
There are millions of miles of road between Los Angeles and Detroit. Sure, you can take the shortest driving route between the two cities and you'll spend a lot of time on the Interstate. But the interstate highway system is boring. It's full of horrible chain restaurants, carbon-copy strip malls and miles of uninterrupted monotony.
So instead of the path of least resistance, I took our long-term 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk across the country via the scenic route.
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on January 20, 2016
If you missed it, I drove our long-term 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk to Detroit. I wrote about the ins-and-outs of the experience and the Jeep's performance, but the purpose of this update is to recap the numbers: Miles covered, mileage, records and all variety of digits.
Here's what the big picture looked like:
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on January 18, 2016
It's pitch black outside and I'm at the wheel of our long-term 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, crawling along behind a long line of truckers. We're in the only passable lane on the highway and visibility is abysmal. The few motorists that are brave (or stupid) enough to keep driving in these conditions are moving at a snail's pace, following taillights and snow-plow tracks with a blind faith that the road will continue to exist in front of them.
We pass another jack-knifed semi and a late model Ford Ranger stuck in the center median. The driver is spinning all four tires in what looks to be three feet of snow. I feel like it's a sign.
My friend Liam and I have been on the road for eight hours, but we're still at 100 miles from our destination of Keystone, South Dakota and the weather isn't letting up.
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on January 15, 2016
With time lost due to a fender-bender and some mileage-light months, our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk was behind our desired pace (20,000 miles in a year) for long-term vehicles.
It needed several road trips to catch up, so a few editors stepped up to the plate and took the Renegade out on the open road. By the end of the month we were much closer to approaching our odometer goals, but the mpg needle didn't move as much as we'd hoped for.
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on January 13, 2016
We may have been low on miles in our long-term 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk a few days ago, but that's not the case anymore. I spent a few days driving the Renegade to the Detroit Auto Show (also known as NAIAS) and took the long route.
I traveled the northern route, which had the extra miles the Jeep needed. Two days into the trip, it crossed 10,000 miles somewhere in the Idaho backcountry. Before I go in to the details of the trip and how the Jeep performed, here's a recap of maintenance during the last few months.
by Scott Oldham, Editor-in-Chief on January 12, 2016
Today we take down the Christmas tree, but first, Home Depot here we come. Daddy needs a new chainsaw and a big ol' Shop-Vac, one with enough suck for the inevitable mountain of pine needles and the nasty spill of dirty stand water.
So we fire up our long-term 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk with the hope that its 18.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind its split-folding rear seat will be enough.
I had my doubts.
by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on January 7, 2016
Just in time for the holidays, the Engine Oil Life Low notification appeared on our long-term 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk. The notification appeared at around the 7,500-mile mark, and with the Jeep set to leave on road-trip duty, I only had a couple of days to get it in for its first service.
Initially, we tried to drop off the Renegade on the way into work. Unfortunately, the first dealer we tried was so busy that we couldn't get an appointment until after the New Year.
Defeated, I looked around for other dealers in the Los Angeles area. Alhambra Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, the dealer where we purchased our Renegade, is about five miles from my home. They also had an appointment available for 9:00 a.m. the next morning.
by Mike Magrath, Features Editor on January 6, 2016
We've had it. Goodbye, city life.
It's time to blow this concrete jungle for a few days, take our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk somewhere it belongs, and see America the right way. By car. In winter.
If you've followed the blogs for any period of time, you know this game. We're strapping one of our editors (Travis Langness) into a car, making him drive to the Detroit Auto Show, and then chucking the keys at yours truly to drive it back.
But instead of a set-the-timer, dodge-the-tumbleweeds straight-shot across the Midwest, we're making a proper trip out of this.
by Matt Jones, Senior Editor on January 4, 2016
I drove our long term 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk up to the Bay Area to hang out with my mom for Christmas. The trip there and back was roughly 930 miles. I'm not sure how many times I've made this trip, but if I had to guess, I'd say at least 30 times in the last 10 years.
I've never had to stop for gas as often as I did while driving the Renegade.
by By Matt Jones, Senior Editor on December 31, 2015
For my kid.
I just spent about 20 hours and 1,000 miles in our long term 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk. And although I wouldn't get one for myself, I think it would be great for him.
Not just because my son has the frame of a 90's-era defensive end and the Renegade has gobs of room for a driver of his size, and not just because it's fun, funky, and fits in with the supposed lifestyle that ad agencies would have you believe kids his age lead — beach bonfires, tailgating with guitars, laying on the roof gazing at stars.
I'm sure the Renegade would excel in all such activities. Despite those wins, they aren't the reasons I'd like him to have this car. No, I'm more interested in the car's shortcomings.
by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor on December 21, 2015
As Southern California morning temps plummet into the low 50s, seat heater utilization in the Edmunds editorial office skyrockets about 650 percent. Executive Editor Ed Hellwig was first to call out our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk's generous offerings in heat conduction. Toasty palms on a brisk morning drive are one of life's underrated luxuries.
Ed was keen to point out another neat feature in our Renegade, but one that has so far received mixed reviews. I was initially not a fan of this particular feature until stumbling upon some info in the owner's manual.
by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on December 10, 2015
Soon after our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk was involved in this traffic collision, it went to the body shop. All costs were being paid by the at-fault party, so the choice of a repair location was up to us.
We drove the Jeep to a trusted local spot, Golden Hammer Auto Body, and left them to put it back together. The turnaround was expected to be quick. But there was a hiccup.
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on December 7, 2015
Our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk only got driven 1,022 miles this month. There was time spent idle in the body shop, of course, but it also did a lot of local commuting and errand-running on suburban roads and the notoriously gridlocked city streets of Westside Los Angeles. So much so that it recorded a new worst tank of 15.2 mpg. It needs to get out more and stretch its legs on the highway.
Northern correspondent Brent Romans was trying to oblige, but he got rear-ended before he could fully execute his plan. Still, this summary is unique in that he managed to record new best tank of 24.3 mpg
and best range of 349.6 miles before he was pranged by a Civic. (**we've since noticed an error in our logbook entry that negates this best range result**).
The Renegade's relative lack of highway miles is reflected in its paltry 5,412-mile grand total and its 20.2-mpg lifetime average after almost five months in service. EPA combined is 24 mpg and EPA highway is 29 mpg, so even Brent's new "best tank" looks beatable.
Perhaps the Renegade's small trunk dissuades some of us from road-tripping this littlest Trailhawk. Methinks we need to figure out some way of 'suading them because we need to average 1,800 miles per month to end up at 20,000 miles when the Renegade leaves us next summer.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on November 23, 2015
Our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk is currently under repair after getting rear-ended. But in the meantime, I'll comment on something I've noticed: there are Jeep logos and Wrangler grille icons everywhere on this thing.
It would seem that Jeep really wants to make sure you know that you're driving a Jeep product.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on November 16, 2015
Yeah, so this happened.
Fortunately, our pint-sized 2015 Jeep Renegade shrugged off the impact and asked, "Is that all you got?"
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on November 12, 2015
We've added 5,000 miles to our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk. Considering the test began about three months ago, it's a promising start for attaining our goal of 20,000 miles in a year.
But so far, our various updates, and opinions, have been of mixed.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on November 5, 2015
The "trail rated" badge on our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk used to mean something very specific. When it came out around 2004, it was given to certain Jeep vehicles that had the ability to tackle trails that most ordinary SUVs wouldn't dare. Since then, the requirements have changed a bit.
These days, the Trail Rated badge merely implies that the Jeep in question has a certain level of capability in five specific areas: water fording, suspension articulation, maneuverability, ground clearance and traction. What those levels are isn't exactly clear.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on November 2, 2015
One of the benefits of going for the Trailhawk version of the 2015 Jeep Renegade is the upgraded engine. Instead of the base turbocharged 1.4-liter engine, all Trailhawk models come with the larger 2.4-liter four-cylinder. It's a solid powerplant, both in its refinement and ability to get the Renegade up to speed.
It's a shame that the standard nine-speed transmission isn't nearly as impressive. It shifts smoothly enough under most conditions, but all too often it's a couple gears too high when you need a little power. I find myself constantly prodding the gas pedal to get it to downshift to the right gear. I've even started digging into the gas a little early in anticipation of it sluggishness.
Others on our staff have expressed similar experiences with the Renegade's gearbox. I don't find it nearly as aggravating as they do, but it's still not an ideal setup.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on October 29, 2015
Our 2015 Jeep Renegade may not look like it has much rear seat room, but compared to other SUVs in its class, it's actually quite spacious. It has nearly two full inches of headroom compared to its next closest competitor, while its hip and shoulder room also top most other subcompact SUVs.
The one area where it falls short is legroom.
by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor on October 27, 2015
Long before the days of flash-equipped smart phones, there was a booming market for portable flashlights, namely those LED keychain lights. These coin battery-powered wonders were often saving graces for changing a flat in the dark, or locating small personal effects that slipped into crevices beyond the reach of a cabin dome light. Regular and frequent use, however, would quickly deplete their tiny expensive battery of its last electrons, and always at the most convenient moments.
Fast forward to 2003 when Volkswagen introduced the Phaeton to the US market. With an MSRP ranging anywhere from $65,000 to $95,000, the Phaeton had a hard time finding acceptance in the US automotive market, which unfortunately overshadowed one of the coolest accessories it came with.
by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on October 22, 2015
One of my duties as Vehicle Testing Assistant is transporting our test equipment — scales, cones, various timing devices — to and from the track every week. Not everything in our fleet is up to the task and I was concerned our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk might fall short.
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on October 20, 2015
I'm accustomed to a few of the noises our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk makes. From the intermittent rumble at low-speed deceleration that we've experienced since day one to the light plastic-on-plastic squeak the steering wheel makes when you crank it while stationary. Over the weekend, I found a new noise from the rear cargo area.
But this one I was able to fix.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on October 16, 2015
Like most vehicles in this class, the 2015 Jeep Renegade sticks with traditional dial controls for its climate control system. This is a good thing for the most part, but there is one drawback.
These dials are so large that when my right knee rests against the console, it nudges the temperature dial to the right. One minute it's blowing a pleasant 68 degrees, and the next I'm wondering why my eyes are drying out from the blast of hot air in my face.
I suspect this is only a problem for taller drivers, but even so it's an issue I haven't experienced in quite some time.
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on October 14, 2015
I rely on podcasts for entertainment during my commute. Consequently, I notice when Bluetooth systems act up. Though the infotainment system in our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk is easy to use, it seems to take much longer than normal to resume Bluetooth audio playback after starting. While most cars are streaming by the time I exit my garage, the Renegade doesn't start until I'm halfway down the block.
How much longer does it take?
Welcome to the "Time To Bluetooth" or TTB test, which I created today in the Edmunds.com garage.
by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor on October 12, 2015
Last month, our recent-arrival 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk returned some relatively unimpressive fuel economy figures. While we've yet to set it loose on freer pastures, we're still achieving only the estimated city economy numbers (21 mpg) about 40 percent of the time at best.
Some recent developments, however, could absolve our Renegade's 2.4-liter MultiAir engine of blame for our low efficiency.
by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on October 8, 2015
Air-conditioning shouldn't be taken for granted. Heat is a killer and Southern California recently basked in the brutal blows of our loving sun. When temperatures creep north of 100 degrees, the ability to turn a knob or push a button and get cool, crisp air filling the cabin is one of the greatest luxuries of modern cars.
But not all A/C is created equal. Each week, Edmunds tests cars at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Fontana gets hot. Choosing a vehicle with good A/C is a necessity.
When I was ready to leave the track after testing recently, our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk had been sitting in the sun for a few hours.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on October 7, 2015
Do you use the emergency brake every time you park? Not everyone does even though it's the proper thing to do to prevent the unexpected. In our 2015 Jeep Renegade, you don't even have to think about it. The brake engages for you.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on October 5, 2015
When it comes to subcompact SUVs like our 2015Jeep Renegade, I don't expect much. Given their size, price range and intended use, I figure as long as they get decent mileage, have useful interiors and comfortable rides, that's all they need. This Renegade has all that and more.
Case in point: a heated steering wheel.
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on October 1, 2015
I've heard it every time I've taken our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk for a spin. It doesn't happen all the time, but it happens regularly in certain circumstances. And it stands out to me because it was totally absent from the early press sample I drove a few months ago.
What am I on about? I call it the Renegade Rumble, a low-level grumbling sound that comes from down low behind the driver's seat under the back of the vehicle somewhere. It's not terribly loud, but the low frequency nature of the thing hovers on the edge of being an outright vibration.
No one could ever accuse the Renegade of being a quiet vehicle. It's not like this is the only noise it makes. The exhaust is fairly buzzy, there are a few rpm ranges where it drones in certain gears, and it's a shoo-in for the Nobel lack-of-peace prize when it comes to the production of idle vibration.
But unlike those sounds, the rumble doesn't seem to correspond to anything that should be going on. It doesn't feel right.
by Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor on September 30, 2015
Midway through my weekend, the lock/unlock feature of the key fob stopped working on our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk.
A bit of a problem, as locking and unlocking doors is pretty much the main function of the key fob. Pressing the lock button would flash the lights, but it wouldn't do any kind of actual locking.
At first I was pretty put off by the whole thing. I mean, having to reach around to the different doors and lock them myself — the horror!
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on September 25, 2015
A little more than a month in service, our 2015 Jeep Renegade has already racked up a solid number of miles. Most of the staff likes its combination of interior room, maneuverability and ease of use. The fact that it looks and feels a little different might help, too.
From a mileage standpoint, our Renegade is still well off its EPA numbers. Its overall average of 20.1 miles per gallon isn't even up to its city rating.
by Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor on September 24, 2015
No doubt you guys have a bunch of burning questions about our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk.
And I'm sure topping your list is: How difficult is it to stuff a large, full-size suspension 29er mountain bike in the back? Let's get right on it and find out.
by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on September 22, 2015
A test track is not the place to really put our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk through the paces. What we really need is a nice off-road course where we can test the Renegade's four-wheel drive capabilities.
That time will come. For now, we put our Renegade through the same trials as every other Edmunds' long-term test vehicle. Read on to see how the stubby 4x4 measured up on the tarmac.
By James Riswick, New and Used Car Editor on September 18, 2015
Back in January, I discovered how wonderful remote ignition can be in cold weather. Well, turns out, it's pretty great in scorching hot weather as well. During our day trip in the 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk to Julian, California, temperatures were pushing 100 degrees. With two dogs in tow and no rear air vents in the Renegade, I figured turning on the car early to let it cool down a bit was a good idea.
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on September 15, 2015
The 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk is the Trail-Rated version of this new sub-compact crossover. Among all of them, it's the model that someone who might actually travel off-road is likely to buy.
The Renegade Trailhawk has an Active Drive Low system that holds the lowest gear and a Selec-Terrain dial that allows the driver to adjust the traction control to suit conditions. It's fitted with knobbier all-terrain tires, and its 8.7 inches of ground clearance, 30.5 degrees of approach angle, and 34.3 degrees of departure angle are significantly more aggressive than what you'll find on any non-Trailhawk Renegade 4x4.
Ramp Travel Index (RTI) isn't typically found on a specification sheet, but this measure of maximum suspension articulation is nice to know, too. So we pointed our new Renegade Trailhawk up our home-made RTI ramp to see what's up.
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on September 11, 2015
The mission was simple. Small dog with penchant for whining has only been in a car for an hour at a time. Small dog will be on massive day-long drive to Oregon in two weeks. For everyone's sanity, a trip of between one hour and 12 was in order.
Mr. Riswick, lay in a course for Julian, California, and engage at whatever speed our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk manages to get to (you see, it's quite slow. Also, I've been watching way too much Star Trek recently).
by Erin Riches, Deputy Editor on September 9, 2015
Although I initially liked the idea of using our long-term 2015 Jeep Renegade as a family runabout, after a long weekend with it, I was ready to the hand back the key.
Our Trailhawk version has an overly stiff ride.
by Erin Riches, Deputy Editor on September 7, 2015
"Are people in our situation really shopping for entry-level, subcompact crossover SUVs?" asked my better half as we were driving in the long-term 2015 Jeep Renegade.
"Yes," I answered.
He asked the question because our family of three barely fits in the Jeep Renegade. Then he made the argument that the tiny crossover class (Renegade, Chevy Trax, Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3 and Nissan Juke) really targets single people and childless couples. He's probably right, but I can't be the only person interested in this vehicle class.
My interest in miniature SUVs is narrow, by the way. I just like the idea of an affordable new vehicle with raised ground clearance, because now that I'm a parent, I'm always on the verge of throwing out my back. Not bending is a great thing.
So I installed my daughter's enormous rear-facing convertible car seat in the Renegade. She was content.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on September 3, 2015
Simple, easy-to-read gauges shouldn't be a reason to pat our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk on the back. All vehicles should be blessed with such dials. But in this era of jamming as much info as possible into small spaces, the instrument panel in this Jeep is a welcome sight.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on September 1, 2015
Are the seats in our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk any better because they have cool stitching on them? Certainly not. Thankfully, they're pretty good anyway.
Eight-way adjustability helps, yet these seats also have firm cushions and an excellent shape. I've put in some decent time behind the wheel and have yet to get restless legs or a numb backside. There's also plenty of adjustability for my 6'2" frame.
August 26, 2015
Let's be clear: I'm never going off-roading. At least, not intentionally.
So my days behind the wheel of our new 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk are largely spent the same way as most of my time is away from Edmunds: dropping off kids and dry-cleaning, picking up kids and groceries, sitting in freeway traffic, sitting in the passenger seat when I toss my husband the keys — pretty typical stuff for a 40-year-old woman.
August 24, 2015
Our new 2015 Jeep Renegade is not the first one I've driven. We had a pre-production loaner in for a look about three months ago. A few things about that early model bugged me, specifically the ride. It felt stiff-legged and sproingy, as if up on tiptoes. It wasn't as settled as I'd have liked.
I'm glad to say our production Trailhawk has a calmer demeanor. I'm not quite sure if the suspension is actually softer — it may or may not have different spring rates — but it sure does breathe better.
August 17, 2015
I geek out on materials. In particular, I like descriptions that include CNC-machined, bead-blasted, anodized, carbon composite and so on. And that's why I'm drawn to the interior trim of our new 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk.
August 14, 2015
We want to know if Jeep is capable of competing in a new, but important, segment. Jeep, like every other automaker, must make smaller and more fuel-efficient vehicles in order to meet government emissions and fuel economy standards. Can Jeep reconcile its SUV- and truck-based heritage with the realities of modern emissions and fuel economy regulations?
With the Renegade, Jeep set out to create a vehicle that doesn't have to make excuses. Inexpensive doesn't mean cheap anymore. Small doesn't mean less capable. The compact crossover class is highly competitive, with solid offerings like the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3. Jeep can't afford a subpar product.