2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk: Needs a Bigger Gas Tank
by Matt Jones, Senior Editor on January 4, 2016
I drove our long term 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk up to the Bay Area to hang out with my mom for Christmas. The trip there and back was roughly 930 miles. I'm not sure how many times I've made this trip, but if I had to guess, I'd say at least 30 times in the last 10 years.
I've never had to stop for gas as often as I did while driving the Renegade.
That's not just because I averaged less than 22 mpg. With its 12.7 gallon tank, I had to stop for a petro refill about every 230 miles. I'm sure there a great many reasons why this SUV's gas tank is smaller than a 2005 Toyota Corolla's, and I'm sure they all make sense. But if I were designing a vehicle that didn't get butt-kicking gas mileage, I'd try to incorporate a larger gas tank. Just saying.
On the plus side, if I was making the trip with somebody who needed a bathroom break every few hours, I guess this could be seen as less of a limitation and more of an road trip blessing in disguise.
Matt Jones, Senior Editor