2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk: What Did We Leave on the Table?
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on September 6, 2016
No one likes to feel like they cheaped out on a car purchase, especially when it crosses the $30,000 threshold. Our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk had an MSRP of $31,495 (we got it for $29,577), but these three empty tabs on the Renegade's steering wheel remind us that we left some things on the table.
Which features did we skip?
Actually, not many. We pretty much loaded up our Trailhawk with most of the available options. The Advanced Technology Group, which includes lane departure warning, forward collision alert, and rear parking sensors, is not offered for the Trailhawk.
So what are the three dead steering wheel tabs for? Most likely for the possible future addition of adaptive cruise control: one for on/off, two for selecting following distance. At least, that's what they controlled in our former 2014 Jeep Cherokee. It looks like our steering wheel is simply pulled from the same bin as the Cherokee's -- not a surprise in this era of global markets and manufacturing -- and the tabs actually represent options that weren't available on our Renegade.
For a car that goes overboard on Jeep-y Easter eggs, seems like the least they could've done was slap a little logo on there. You know, to keep your friends from thinking you were too cheap to spring for the Ultimate Jeep Moab Rock Eater package.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor