2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk: Climate Dials Too Big for Their Own Good
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.
It's a shame, too, as I'm a big fan of three-dial climate control setups. They're the most sensible way to lay out such controls, and the way Jeep's designers managed to cram in an automatic system without adding much complexity is admirable. If they would just slim down those dials a little I would be sold.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor