by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on September 8, 2016
Our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk delivers much more cargo room, headroom and backseat room than you'd expect from just eyeballing it. This isn't news to us.
Brent learned that you could pack it to the ceiling without impinging on passenger space for a family road trip. Ed found out that it accommodates taller drivers like himself just fine. And Cameron tested the backseat accommodations for his equally tall self and determined that the Renegade seats four of him.
Should I have been surprised to find that I could Tetris a bunch of surf and beach gear for two into this small SUV?
by Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor on July 22, 2016
The "owner," in this case, was me.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on April 1, 2016
We drove our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk to Detroit and back earlier this year, racking up plenty of miles. More recently, I added an extra 250-mile leg to a road trip I made in our long-term Kia Optima and, because of some logistical reasons, swapped out the Optima for the Renegade to do it. This presented an opportunity for additional observations, this time with my family (wife, two small children) in tow.
by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor on March 24, 2016
Headrests, or "head restraints" in automotive technical parlance, are great things, providing both recumbent comfort and mitigating whiplash injuries in rear-end collisions. And in this golden age of mobile distraction, they are no less important to have in place than a seatbelt needs to be buckled.
With that said, in vehicles like our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, I fail to see the logic in making them a pain in the ass to remove when no "head-restraining" is required.
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on March 17, 2016
Almost any car that I would consider owning needs to accommodate a set of drums. That includes the Cayman S I will buy once all that stock I've purchased in solar companies hits big.
This is not such an impossible criteria, as I've gotten pretty good at shrinking drum sets into configurations that work in almost any car, whatever the gig, rehearsal or free jazz odyssey I'm heading off to play.
It shouldn't surprise anyone that our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk can hold a set of drums, and then some.
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on March 9, 2016
The 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk has been criticized for not being able to carry much stuff. But exactly how much is "not much?"
To find out, I emptied my luggage closet and grabbed my trusty cameraman (aka a ladder and mini tripod). Video after the jump.
by Scott Oldham, Editor-in-Chief on January 12, 2016
Today we take down the Christmas tree, but first, Home Depot here we come. Daddy needs a new chainsaw and a big ol' Shop-Vac, one with enough suck for the inevitable mountain of pine needles and the nasty spill of dirty stand water.
So we fire up our long-term 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk with the hope that its 18.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind its split-folding rear seat will be enough.
I had my doubts.
by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on October 22, 2015
One of my duties as Vehicle Testing Assistant is transporting our test equipment — scales, cones, various timing devices — to and from the track every week. Not everything in our fleet is up to the task and I was concerned our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk might fall short.
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on October 20, 2015
I'm accustomed to a few of the noises our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk makes. From the intermittent rumble at low-speed deceleration that we've experienced since day one to the light plastic-on-plastic squeak the steering wheel makes when you crank it while stationary. Over the weekend, I found a new noise from the rear cargo area.
But this one I was able to fix.
by Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor on September 24, 2015
No doubt you guys have a bunch of burning questions about our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk.
And I'm sure topping your list is: How difficult is it to stuff a large, full-size suspension 29er mountain bike in the back? Let's get right on it and find out.
August 14, 2015
We want to know if Jeep is capable of competing in a new, but important, segment. Jeep, like every other automaker, must make smaller and more fuel-efficient vehicles in order to meet government emissions and fuel economy standards. Can Jeep reconcile its SUV- and truck-based heritage with the realities of modern emissions and fuel economy regulations?
With the Renegade, Jeep set out to create a vehicle that doesn't have to make excuses. Inexpensive doesn't mean cheap anymore. Small doesn't mean less capable. The compact crossover class is highly competitive, with solid offerings like the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3. Jeep can't afford a subpar product.