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2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk Long-Term Road Test

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2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk: Detroit to L.A. by the Numbers

by Mike Magrath, Features Editor on February 8, 2016

2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk

Detroit to L.A. in three days in our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk was easier than it sounds. Sure, the engine and transmission are a mess when presented with anything other than a straight line, but the seats and driving position are great, the infotainment system is tolerable, and it's darned stable. I'd take it again.

Besides the transmission, my most frequent complaint was that of range and MPG. Let's take peek at the numbers.

Total mileage: 2,279 miles

Day 1

12,223

245.3

11.384

21.5

12,425

202.3

9.528

21.2

12,700

275.1

12.262

22.3

12,984

283.8

12.324

23


Day 2

13,249

264.6

11.648

22.7

13,480

231.0

8.996

25.7

13,700

219.8

10.628

20.7

13,985

285.6

11.776

24.2

14,141

154

5.749

26.8


Day 3

14,259

118.2

4.810

24.6



My Totals
Days: 3.1-ish
Miles: 2,279
Gallons of fuel: 99.105
Average MPG: 23.27
EPA Fuel Economy Rating: 24 Combined (21 City/29 Highway)
Best fill: 26.8 (downhill from Utah to Nevada)
Worst fill: 20.7 (Colorado/Utah)
Best Range: 285.6

Road Trip Totals
Days: 9
Miles: 5,144
Average MPG: 24
Average MPG as shown by trip computer: 23.8
Best Range: 361.9
Best MPG: 29.9

After nine days and more than 5,000 miles on the open highway, we tied the EPA combined highway number and hit the highway number once.

If you've followed this blog for any period of time, you'll know I did virtually this exact route two years ago in our former 2014 Corvette Stingray. On that drive, I managed 401 miles per tank and an overall average of 26.3 mpg versus the EPA's estimate of 29 highway and 21 combined.

The takeaways from that nugget of information? This route rarely matches EPA highway numbers (high speeds, mountains), and the Renegade needs a 6.2-liter V8 and a manual.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 14,259 miles

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