2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk: Solid Engine, Average Transmission
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on November 2, 2015
One of the benefits of going for the Trailhawk version of the 2015 Jeep Renegade is the upgraded engine. Instead of the base turbocharged 1.4-liter engine, all Trailhawk models come with the larger 2.4-liter four-cylinder. It's a solid powerplant, both in its refinement and ability to get the Renegade up to speed.
It's a shame that the standard nine-speed transmission isn't nearly as impressive. It shifts smoothly enough under most conditions, but all too often it's a couple gears too high when you need a little power. I find myself constantly prodding the gas pedal to get it to downshift to the right gear. I've even started digging into the gas a little early in anticipation of it sluggishness.
Others on our staff have expressed similar experiences with the Renegade's gearbox. I don't find it nearly as aggravating as they do, but it's still not an ideal setup.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor