2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk: Seats Four Camerons in Relative Comfort
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on February 11, 2016
As lukewarm as I am toward the engine and transmission of our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, I appreciate the little crossover's spacious cabin. Its boxy body may have been designed with little consideration to aerodynamics, but the high roof provides ample headroom. I'm 6-feet, 4 inches, and there are several inches between the top of my head and the headliner.
There's also enough legroom for me to sit comfortably in the driver seat. But most unusual is the ability to sit behind myself, a feat not often achieved in a vehicle with the Renegade's dimensions.
Getting into the back with the front seat in my optimal driving position requires a little squeezing, but not a prohibitive amount. Once I'm in, my knees are buried in the front seatback. Thanks to its flexible cushioning, my knees sink in with little hesitation and no discomfort.
As for headroom, the roofline barely falls from the driver to rear passenger, so no worries there. Plenty of shoulder room will keep two adults from feeling claustrophobic. The only thing I would change is the ability of the rear seatbacks to recline a few more degrees. They're still pretty upright, even when tilted back as far as they'll go.
Even with the subpar rear seatback tilt, I don't think I'd be uncomfortable on an easy road trip. Vegas would probably be doable. I can imagine the upright seating position and constant light pressure on my knees would be irritating as a passenger on a trip as long as Los Angeles to Detroit (trips that Travis and Magrath made). But for around town and close destinations, the Renegade should be an amicable road trip companion for four adults of my stature.
Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor @ 14,560 miles