2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk: What's New for 2016?
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on May 10, 2016
So the novelty of our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk has worn off. Before it arrived, we wondered if the all-new Jeep was really a Jeep.Could it do X? Could it do Y? Could it handle itself in the off-road? We've answered most of our questions in the 20,000-plus miles we've driven it.
We all pretty much love its space and utility. For a cute ute, it's roomy, even for back seat passengers. And yes, it can handle itself off pavement thanks to a surprisingly agile suspension (granted we did get the Trailhawk version, which should excel in this kind of work).
So what's new for the Renegade's second year of production? Automatic wipers now come standard on Limited and Trailhawk trims, and optional for the Latitude trim level. Does the Renegade need auto wipers? I don't know, but I do know that they should include a few more speed intervals than what's currently offered.
The premium nine-speaker audio system is now supplied by Beats Audio, they of the $300-headphone variety. Beats Audio systems have been available in Chrysler and Fiat models for awhile now, so this isn't an unusual move. I'd still take the Alpine or Harman systems.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor @ 21,258 miles