2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk: 25,000 Miles Without Trying Too Hard
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.
It's been written before and it still holds true. The staff votes with the signout sheet, and after the honeymoon period with any new long-term fleet addition, the underperformers languish as their quirks and inferior qualities reveal themselves. In its time with us, the Renegade has struggled to gain our acceptance.
It's the transmission, for one, bad enough that it makes most of us grind our teeth at the thought of spending a couple of days with it. A tiny tank is another issue for anyone spending more than a few days with it.
I've found ways to make peace with the Renegade, as have others. The proof is right there in the odometer: 25,000
Although I wouldn't buy one myself, I could recommend it to someone willing to overlook a subpar driving experience in return for surprising cargo and passenger space, and in the case of our Trailhawk, legitimate ability in the ruts and dirt.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor @ 25,034 miles