Virtual Ownership - 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk Long-Term Road Test
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2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk Long-Term Road Test

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2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk: Virtual Ownership

by Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor on July 22, 2016

2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk

Edmunds recently put together a lifestyle video starring our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk. The idea was to show it being used in the manner of a typical owner.

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.

2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk

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

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