Desperately Needs a Road Trip or Three - 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk Long-Term Road Test

2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk: Desperately Needs a Road Trip or Three

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on December 7, 2015

2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk

Our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk only got driven 1,022 miles this month. There was time spent idle in the body shop, of course, but it also did a lot of local commuting and errand-running on suburban roads and the notoriously gridlocked city streets of Westside Los Angeles. So much so that it recorded a new worst tank of 15.2 mpg. It needs to get out more and stretch its legs on the highway.

Northern correspondent Brent Romans was trying to oblige, but he got rear-ended before he could fully execute his plan. Still, this summary is unique in that he managed to record new best tank of 24.3 mpg and best range of 349.6 miles before he was pranged by a Civic. (**we've since noticed an error in our logbook entry that negates this best range result**).

The Renegade's relative lack of highway miles is reflected in its paltry 5,412-mile grand total and its 20.2-mpg lifetime average after almost five months in service. EPA combined is 24 mpg and EPA highway is 29 mpg, so even Brent's new "best tank" looks beatable.

Perhaps the Renegade's small trunk dissuades some of us from road-tripping this littlest Trailhawk. Methinks we need to figure out some way of 'suading them because we need to average 1,800 miles per month to end up at 20,000 miles when the Renegade leaves us next summer.

Worst Fill MPG: 15.2
Best Fill MPG: 24.3 (formerly 24.1)
Average Lifetime MPG: 20.2 (5.0 gallons per 100 miles)
EPA MPG Rating: 24 Combined (21 City/29 Highway)
Best Range: 349.6 miles 297.2 miles
Current Odometer: 5,412 miles

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 5,412 miles


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