2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk: Range Anxiety
by Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief on February 23, 2016
My relationship with our long-term 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk crossed over from like to love a long time ago. This vehicle does exactly what it's supposed to do, it does it all extremely well, and it is fun to drive.
Plus it brings a cool factor, real off-road capability and interesting design to a segment that has had very little of each. But there is one thing about our Renegade that annoys me.
Fuel range readouts that don't count you down to zero are a pet peeve of mine, right alongside ketchup on a hot dog and environmentalists that fly private.
And the Jeep's does not.
And why not? The technology exists. Instead, at 34 miles of range, the Jeep's readout takes the rest of the day off and displays only the words "Low Range." Which isn?t really information at all. The gauges have ceased being useful. I already know I have low range. And I've known it for a while.
What if all of your gauges worked this way? What if your speedometer stopped working above 50 mph and after that it just told you "You're Going Fast"? Or your tachometer clicks off above 3,000 rpm and informs you only "Engine Speed High"?
It's ridiculous. The only time a digital fuel range feature is truly useful is when the fuel supply is near depletion. Otherwise a traditional fuel gauge with an E and an F kinda gets the job done just fine. Plus, other car companies get this right.
It's a minor flaw in an otherwise well-thought out and designed vehicle.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 16,124 miles