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 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 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 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 Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on November 23, 2015
Our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk is currently under repair after getting rear-ended. But in the meantime, I'll comment on something I've noticed: there are Jeep logos and Wrangler grille icons everywhere on this thing.
It would seem that Jeep really wants to make sure you know that you're driving a Jeep product.
by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor on October 27, 2015
Long before the days of flash-equipped smart phones, there was a booming market for portable flashlights, namely those LED keychain lights. These coin battery-powered wonders were often saving graces for changing a flat in the dark, or locating small personal effects that slipped into crevices beyond the reach of a cabin dome light. Regular and frequent use, however, would quickly deplete their tiny expensive battery of its last electrons, and always at the most convenient moments.
Fast forward to 2003 when Volkswagen introduced the Phaeton to the US market. With an MSRP ranging anywhere from $65,000 to $95,000, the Phaeton had a hard time finding acceptance in the US automotive market, which unfortunately overshadowed one of the coolest accessories it came with.
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 Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on October 16, 2015
Like most vehicles in this class, the 2015 Jeep Renegade sticks with traditional dial controls for its climate control system. This is a good thing for the most part, but there is one drawback.
These dials are so large that when my right knee rests against the console, it nudges the temperature dial to the right. One minute it's blowing a pleasant 68 degrees, and the next I'm wondering why my eyes are drying out from the blast of hot air in my face.
I suspect this is only a problem for taller drivers, but even so it's an issue I haven't experienced in quite some time.
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 Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor on September 30, 2015
Midway through my weekend, the lock/unlock feature of the key fob stopped working on our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk.
A bit of a problem, as locking and unlocking doors is pretty much the main function of the key fob. Pressing the lock button would flash the lights, but it wouldn't do any kind of actual locking.
At first I was pretty put off by the whole thing. I mean, having to reach around to the different doors and lock them myself — the horror!
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.
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 3, 2015
Simple, easy-to-read gauges shouldn't be a reason to pat our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk on the back. All vehicles should be blessed with such dials. But in this era of jamming as much info as possible into small spaces, the instrument panel in this Jeep is a welcome sight.
August 17, 2015
I geek out on materials. In particular, I like descriptions that include CNC-machined, bead-blasted, anodized, carbon composite and so on. And that's why I'm drawn to the interior trim of our new 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk.
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.