2015 Jeep Renegade: How Does It Drive After 22K Miles?
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.
The biggest reason I find it so agreeable is the overall ride quality. For a vehicle with a relatively simple suspension and modest tires, it rides smoothly on just about any kind of pavement. My commute travels over some pretty harsh concrete highways in various states of disrepair. The Renegade generates the occasional "thump" but is otherwise comfortable and controlled.
Finding a comfortable driving position is also easy in the Renegade. I'm 6-foot 2-inches tall, but in most vehicles I sit closer to the wheel than most. It's an odd seating position that often leaves me feeling cramped. In the Renegade, it only takes me a few seconds to find a comfortable position. And after an hour behind the wheel it still feels right.
On the downside, I dislike how deep you have to dig into the gas pedal to get the Renegade moving. I've grown used to it for the most part, but a more responsive transmission would make it feel considerably quicker around town.
I've also noticed a few squeaks and rattles when going over speed bumps. Nothing major, but a little disconcerting for a car with only 22,000 miles on it. They're probably fixable and if it was my own Jeep I would hunt them down and make them stop. In this case, the car will go on sale soon and it'll be up to the next owner to determine if they're too much to deal with.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 22,258 miles