2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk: Drummer-Approved
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on March 17, 2016
Almost any car that I would consider owning needs to accommodate a set of drums. That includes the Cayman S I will buy once all that stock I've purchased in solar companies hits big.
This is not such an impossible criteria, as I've gotten pretty good at shrinking drum sets into configurations that work in almost any car, whatever the gig, rehearsal or free jazz odyssey I'm heading off to play.
It shouldn't surprise anyone that our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk can hold a set of drums, and then some.
But wait, you say: I don't see any drums. No, no you don't. If you looked around the corner behind the driver's seat, you'd see just a soft case of cymbals and a snare drum case. In this situation, I was off to a rehearsal space that already includes a set of drums, stands and seat.
Instead, I'd picked up a guitarist friend and we loaded his rig — cased Les Paul, amplifier, pedal board, and gear cart — into the Trailhawk. But as seen in the photo above, a ton of room remained, both vertical and on the cargo floor. The Renegade could've easily still inhaled a kick drum, two tom-toms, stands, a seat, even a roadie. This actually feels like the same amount of room that my old XJ Cherokee offers with the rear seat folded, perhaps even more because of the Renegade's lower load floor.
Your average four-piece band could buy two of these and travel in better style than in a stanky, used communal Ford E-Series van.
Unfortunately, the Renegade won't be making my list of personal considerations. The transmission is just all kinds of wacky and wrong. But once again, its small size still impresses with considerable cargo capacity.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor @ 18,720 miles