2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk: Virtual Ownership
by Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor on July 22, 2016
The "owner," in this case, was me.
Our Renegade has some fundamental flaws, namely a dimwitted transmission, an undersized 12.7-gallon fuel tank (especially given its lifetime average of about 22 mpg) and a general lack of enthusiasm from the 2.4-liter engine. I've also nitpicked a few other things, but after spending some more time with it, I think it's possible that I'd begin to adapt and forgive these shortcomings.
I've ultimately enjoyed the Renegade for its capability, its comfortable and feature-rich interior and its relative ease of use. Size-wise, it hits a sweet spot -- short enough to maneuver and park almost anywhere, yet boxy enough to offer generous vertical cargo room. It has served me equally well for snow- and surf-based activities.
Snowboarding at Lake Tahoe.
If Jeep can iron out the powertrain issues in upcoming model years, the Renegade could become one of the top players in the segment. Until then, I think I'll stick to virtual ownership.
Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor @ 23,530 miles