2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk: Cargo Wins
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?
No way, I thought to myself when I started mentally mapping the gear I wanted to take for a day at the beach with my daughter. We had a 9'2" longboard, her shortboard, a boogie board, a big tub for rinsing off salt and sand, a big gasoline jug full of water (since California turned off the showers at its state beaches), wetsuits, backpacks with towels and dry clothes, a couple of small folding chairs and a skateboard and Razor scooter for cruising around after ocean time.
It required a little trial and error, and there were a few false starts, but in the end we packed all the gear and still had room. The boards were stacked along the right side of the car (and strapped together before moving, Safety Police), the tub and jug and scooter went in back, the kid went behind the driver seat, and the wetsuits, skateboard, backpacks and chairs were neatly stashed elsewhere.
Didn't even need to remove the headrests, and that's a good thing since I'm not a qualified technician.
Most of this puzzle disappears if you simply decide to strap the boards to the roof. But I don't have racks I can move from car to car, and I prefer the option of stashing everything inside in case we need to leave the car out of sight for awhile. A fold-flat front seat would make the Renegade's cargo credentials even stronger.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor