2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk: A/C Chills Even in Triple Digits
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.
Opening the door was like a slap in the face, the escaping heat forcing me to take a few steps back. After starting the Renegade, I was greeted by a thermometer reading of 118 degrees. Of course the gauge will read high after sitting in the sun, but even after moving, it only dropped slightly.
It turns out the Renegade has really good A/C. The vents immediately started blowing cool air. The whole cabin chilled in a matter of minutes and I dropped the fan speed for the remainder of my drive. Even with a black leather interior, I never felt like I was sticking to the seat.
I also appreciated the HVAC controls. With many automakers opting for buttons and touchscreens, it's nice to have big, round knobs within easy reach. My only complaint is that the temperature display sits lower on the center stack than I'd like.
While SoCal temperatures have cooled, it's nice to know that the Renegade will keep me comfortable should the need arise.
Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant