by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on June 27, 2016
Big guys will tell you, the whole "Fat Guy in a Little Coat" routine can get a little too real when shopping for clothes. Or cars. Big & Tall men can't just squeeze into any average jacket — or SUV.
Driving home today, I contemplated the generous 41.1 inches of headroom offered in our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk long-term tester. Would that make the Jeep a good choice for tall people? I decided to stop by a Big Guy's house to find out.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on June 16, 2016
Our 2015 Jeep Renegade has over 22,000 miles on the clock. It has held together well, with only a few hiccups along the way. After some recent seat time I remembered why I like driving it so much. And a few of the things I don't like.
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 Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on March 31, 2016
I was driving our long-term 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk through Joshua Tree National Park about an hour after sunset when I noticed something new about the Renegade. Whenever I turned the wheel left or right, the corresponding fog light would illuminate, providing a little extra illumination in the direction I was heading.
by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on March 29, 2016
Los Angeles doesn't get much rain, meaning there are few opportunities to test out a vehicle's windshield wipers. Last week, I was commuting home in our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk through an afternoon rainstorm. I quickly became annoyed by the pace of the wipers.
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on February 11, 2016
As lukewarm as I am toward the engine and transmission of our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, I appreciate the little crossover's spacious cabin. Its boxy body may have been designed with little consideration to aerodynamics, but the high roof provides ample headroom. I'm 6-feet, 4 inches, and there are several inches between the top of my head and the headliner.
There's also enough legroom for me to sit comfortably in the driver seat. But most unusual is the ability to sit behind myself, a feat not often achieved in a vehicle with the Renegade's dimensions.
by Mike Magrath, Features Editor on February 8, 2016
Detroit to L.A. in three days in our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk was easier than it sounds. Sure, the engine and transmission are a mess when presented with anything other than a straight line, but the seats and driving position are great, the infotainment system is tolerable, and it's darned stable. I'd take it again.
Besides the transmission, my most frequent complaint was that of range and MPG. Let's take peek at the numbers.
by Mike Magrath, Features Editor on February 3, 2016
Day Two of my road trip from Detroit to L.A. started off on a good note. Looking out the hotel window, you could almost see the cold. I flicked the button on our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk's key fob triggering the remote start and let it warm up while I hit the showers. This move wouldn't be kind on range, but would prevent me from freezing to death. Fair trade.
This section of the trip wasn't going to be kind to the Jeep anyways. The past few states had been boring and flat, letting the Renegade settle into ninth-gear and relax. Colorado has hills. Utah has an 80 mph speed limit and hills.
by Mike Magrath, Features Editor on January 29, 2016
I briefly considered abandoning our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk in Detroit. It was 11 degrees when I stepped out of the hotel where the Jeep was waiting. The last time I'd driven the Renegade, I vowed never to drive it again, yet here I was, about to spend 2,200-ish miles with it. Tipping the valet $50 to dump it in a river and then jumping the first flight out sounded appealing.
I manned-up, hopped in to find that the seat heaters and steering wheel heater were already cranking. My phone paired automatically. Not bad. Maybe I won't leave it.
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on January 18, 2016
It's pitch black outside and I'm at the wheel of our long-term 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, crawling along behind a long line of truckers. We're in the only passable lane on the highway and visibility is abysmal. The few motorists that are brave (or stupid) enough to keep driving in these conditions are moving at a snail's pace, following taillights and snow-plow tracks with a blind faith that the road will continue to exist in front of them.
We pass another jack-knifed semi and a late model Ford Ranger stuck in the center median. The driver is spinning all four tires in what looks to be three feet of snow. I feel like it's a sign.
My friend Liam and I have been on the road for eight hours, but we're still at 100 miles from our destination of Keystone, South Dakota and the weather isn't letting up.
by Mike Magrath, Features Editor on January 6, 2016
We've had it. Goodbye, city life.
It's time to blow this concrete jungle for a few days, take our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk somewhere it belongs, and see America the right way. By car. In winter.
If you've followed the blogs for any period of time, you know this game. We're strapping one of our editors (Travis Langness) into a car, making him drive to the Detroit Auto Show, and then chucking the keys at yours truly to drive it back.
But instead of a set-the-timer, dodge-the-tumbleweeds straight-shot across the Midwest, we're making a proper trip out of this.
by By Matt Jones, Senior Editor on December 31, 2015
For my kid.
I just spent about 20 hours and 1,000 miles in our long term 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk. And although I wouldn't get one for myself, I think it would be great for him.
Not just because my son has the frame of a 90's-era defensive end and the Renegade has gobs of room for a driver of his size, and not just because it's fun, funky, and fits in with the supposed lifestyle that ad agencies would have you believe kids his age lead — beach bonfires, tailgating with guitars, laying on the roof gazing at stars.
I'm sure the Renegade would excel in all such activities. Despite those wins, they aren't the reasons I'd like him to have this car. No, I'm more interested in the car's shortcomings.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on October 29, 2015
Our 2015 Jeep Renegade may not look like it has much rear seat room, but compared to other SUVs in its class, it's actually quite spacious. It has nearly two full inches of headroom compared to its next closest competitor, while its hip and shoulder room also top most other subcompact SUVs.
The one area where it falls short is legroom.
by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on October 8, 2015
Air-conditioning shouldn't be taken for granted. Heat is a killer and Southern California recently basked in the brutal blows of our loving sun. When temperatures creep north of 100 degrees, the ability to turn a knob or push a button and get cool, crisp air filling the cabin is one of the greatest luxuries of modern cars.
But not all A/C is created equal. Each week, Edmunds tests cars at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Fontana gets hot. Choosing a vehicle with good A/C is a necessity.
When I was ready to leave the track after testing recently, our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk had been sitting in the sun for a few hours.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on October 5, 2015
When it comes to subcompact SUVs like our 2015Jeep Renegade, I don't expect much. Given their size, price range and intended use, I figure as long as they get decent mileage, have useful interiors and comfortable rides, that's all they need. This Renegade has all that and more.
Case in point: a heated steering wheel.
By James Riswick, New and Used Car Editor on September 18, 2015
Back in January, I discovered how wonderful remote ignition can be in cold weather. Well, turns out, it's pretty great in scorching hot weather as well. During our day trip in the 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk to Julian, California, temperatures were pushing 100 degrees. With two dogs in tow and no rear air vents in the Renegade, I figured turning on the car early to let it cool down a bit was a good idea.
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on September 11, 2015
The mission was simple. Small dog with penchant for whining has only been in a car for an hour at a time. Small dog will be on massive day-long drive to Oregon in two weeks. For everyone's sanity, a trip of between one hour and 12 was in order.
Mr. Riswick, lay in a course for Julian, California, and engage at whatever speed our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk manages to get to (you see, it's quite slow. Also, I've been watching way too much Star Trek recently).
by Erin Riches, Deputy Editor on September 9, 2015
Although I initially liked the idea of using our long-term 2015 Jeep Renegade as a family runabout, after a long weekend with it, I was ready to the hand back the key.
Our Trailhawk version has an overly stiff ride.
by Erin Riches, Deputy Editor on September 7, 2015
"Are people in our situation really shopping for entry-level, subcompact crossover SUVs?" asked my better half as we were driving in the long-term 2015 Jeep Renegade.
"Yes," I answered.
He asked the question because our family of three barely fits in the Jeep Renegade. Then he made the argument that the tiny crossover class (Renegade, Chevy Trax, Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3 and Nissan Juke) really targets single people and childless couples. He's probably right, but I can't be the only person interested in this vehicle class.
My interest in miniature SUVs is narrow, by the way. I just like the idea of an affordable new vehicle with raised ground clearance, because now that I'm a parent, I'm always on the verge of throwing out my back. Not bending is a great thing.
So I installed my daughter's enormous rear-facing convertible car seat in the Renegade. She was content.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on September 1, 2015
Are the seats in our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk any better because they have cool stitching on them? Certainly not. Thankfully, they're pretty good anyway.
Eight-way adjustability helps, yet these seats also have firm cushions and an excellent shape. I've put in some decent time behind the wheel and have yet to get restless legs or a numb backside. There's also plenty of adjustability for my 6'2" frame.
August 24, 2015
Our new 2015 Jeep Renegade is not the first one I've driven. We had a pre-production loaner in for a look about three months ago. A few things about that early model bugged me, specifically the ride. It felt stiff-legged and sproingy, as if up on tiptoes. It wasn't as settled as I'd have liked.
I'm glad to say our production Trailhawk has a calmer demeanor. I'm not quite sure if the suspension is actually softer — it may or may not have different spring rates — but it sure does breathe better.
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.