2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk: Six Days on the Road — LA to Detroit in Numbers
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on January 20, 2016
If you missed it, I drove our long-term 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk to Detroit. I wrote about the ins-and-outs of the experience and the Jeep's performance, but the purpose of this update is to recap the numbers: Miles covered, mileage, records and all variety of digits.
Here's what the big picture looked like:
Total Distance: 2,865 miles
Days on the Road: 6
Number of Fills: 12
Total Gallons of Fuel: 115.940
Worst Fill MPG: 20.2
Best Fill MPG: 29.9
Trip-Average MPG: 24.7
EPA MPG Rating: 24 Combined (21 City/29 Highway)
Best Range: 361.9
Aside from a heavy snowstorm on Day Three, almost all of the miles on the trip were highway miles. Depending on conditions and limits, speeds were kept between 65 and 80 mph. The Jeep was great at cruising on the highway, but with such a small gas tank and disappointing fuel economy, there were way too many stops.
The best range and best fuel economy were achieved with the same tank, in the rolling hills and mountain roads exiting the Grand Tetons. It wasn't flat terrain, but there weren't super dramatic grades either.
Speed limits in the area varied between 45 and 65 mph and I made sure to never exceed the limit. This made things boring, but I was determined to beat the EPA highway estimate and finally travel more than 300 miles on a single tank of gas. We hadn't achieved either milestone before the road trip, and I was relieved to check them both off the list.
To put those numbers in context, I turned to the records for our former 2014 Jeep Cherokee long-termer. The Cherokee was a Limited model (not the off-road oriented Trailhawk like our Renegade) so they aren't perfect comparisons, but it provided some good perspective.
The Cherokee's best range was 438 miles on a single tank of gas, with a lifetime average of 257 miles between fill-ups from a 15.8 gallon tank. About that 438-mile range, though: The Cherokee only took 12.3 gallons of fuel (35.5 mpg), which meant it probably had another 100 miles of range left in it.
By contrast, our long-term Renegade currently has a best range of 361 miles on a single tank of gas, with a lifetime average of 209 miles between fill-ups from its tiny 12.7-gallon tank. And that 361-mile range? It required 12.1 gallons of fuel, which is much closer to the Renegade's theoretical limit.
These factors pretty much disqualify the Renegade as a road-trip vehicle in my book, which is a shame because its best quality is highway comfort. This thing is a great cruiser with comfortable seats and good ergonomics. You just have to pull over every three hours to keep it moving. No thanks.
Stay tuned for a few dozen photos from the trip and a time-lapse video of the journey as well.
Travis Langness, Social Media Editor @ 11,977 miles