by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on September 29, 2016
We've whipped on our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk for a few glaring flaws, most notably a witless transmission that some readers think would be fixed with a software update (we aren't keeping this thing long enough to find out).
But as I was driving the Renegade recently, probably for the last time, I spotted an early Jeep Liberty and thought, "Well, at least it's not that."
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?
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on August 26, 2016
This is an accomplishment, really. Even if Travis and Mike hadn't road-tripped our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk to and from the 2016 Detroit Auto Show back in January, we still would've accumulated 20,000 miles on this unloved set of wheels.
Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant on August 23, 2016
I don't know if Trailhawk is an accurate description of the 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk. What I do know is that it's capable enough for the average off-road driver. Living up against the western mountainous edge of the San Fernando Valley, I am afforded plenty of cool opportunities to be off-road or on a winding canyon road.
by Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor on July 22, 2016
The "owner," in this case, was me.
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.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on April 7, 2016
We're now at 20,000 miles on our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk. Achieving 20,000 miles is a common goal for our one-year long-term tests and we managed to do it here in just eight months. Of course, driving from Los Angeles to Detroit and back a few months ago certainly helped boost our accumulated mileage. But that also means we've got plenty of time to drive it even further. So far, our opinion of our little Jeep has been mixed.
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 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 Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on March 3, 2016
It's official. The ZF 9-speed transmission is a dud.
It's in our long-term 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, Honda Pilot, Acura TLX, and it was in our Jeep Cherokee. I know a lowest common denominator when I see one.
Does the ZF 9-speed ruin every car it's in? Easy, now. That's strong language. Let's not get carried awa- well, okay, you talked me into it. It does kind of ruin every car it's in.
by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on March 1, 2016
Recently, our intrepid New & Used Car Editor James Riswick compared the potential purchase of a 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk to a CPO Jeep Grand Cherokee. James' post was very thorough and well-researched.
I, too, recently had the occasion to consider the Renegade against other SUVs. My comparison, however, was far less scientific, as it was solely based on the reoccurring theme that the Renegade is "soooo cute."
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on February 19, 2016
"Hey Josh," I ask, peering over my computer screen and desk partition to Senior Editor Josh Sadlier.
"Yes, sir," he responds, his bearded face eagerly anticipating whatever fascinating query I'm about to throw his way.
"For $30,000, would you rather have our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk," I begin, making sure to say the car's complete year/make/model/trim name in order to properly hyperlink when later describing the scenario. "Or a used Jeep Grand Cherokee?"
by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on February 15, 2016
"It's been three days. Let's just go in and demand the key."
This was Mike Schmidt's suggestion regarding our long-term 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk and its visit to Glenn E Thomas Jeep in Long Beach. By this point, the Renegade had been in the shop three days and it was still unclear how much longer things would take. We weren't going to wait any longer.
We agreed to meet at the dealership within the hour.
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 26, 2016
First it was the driving, then we broke down the numbers, third was the photos, and here for the final post on my road trip to Detroit in our long-term 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, is the time lapse video.
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on January 22, 2016
There are millions of miles of road between Los Angeles and Detroit. Sure, you can take the shortest driving route between the two cities and you'll spend a lot of time on the Interstate. But the interstate highway system is boring. It's full of horrible chain restaurants, carbon-copy strip malls and miles of uninterrupted monotony.
So instead of the path of least resistance, I took our long-term 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk across the country via the scenic route.
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on January 13, 2016
We may have been low on miles in our long-term 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk a few days ago, but that's not the case anymore. I spent a few days driving the Renegade to the Detroit Auto Show (also known as NAIAS) and took the long route.
I traveled the northern route, which had the extra miles the Jeep needed. Two days into the trip, it crossed 10,000 miles somewhere in the Idaho backcountry. Before I go in to the details of the trip and how the Jeep performed, here's a recap of maintenance during the last few months.
by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on January 7, 2016
Just in time for the holidays, the Engine Oil Life Low notification appeared on our long-term 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk. The notification appeared at around the 7,500-mile mark, and with the Jeep set to leave on road-trip duty, I only had a couple of days to get it in for its first service.
Initially, we tried to drop off the Renegade on the way into work. Unfortunately, the first dealer we tried was so busy that we couldn't get an appointment until after the New Year.
Defeated, I looked around for other dealers in the Los Angeles area. Alhambra Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, the dealer where we purchased our Renegade, is about five miles from my home. They also had an appointment available for 9:00 a.m. the next morning.
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 James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on December 28, 2015
Winter in Southern California is an odd time for those who hail from more northern climes. You'll see a news report of a snow storm in Buffalo or Boston, look outside to see sunny weather in the 70's, and wonder just what the hell is going on. A quick glance at a calendar helps recall that, yep, winter still happens elsewhere. It's a bit of a man-out-of-time feeling.
by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor on December 21, 2015
As Southern California morning temps plummet into the low 50s, seat heater utilization in the Edmunds editorial office skyrockets about 650 percent. Executive Editor Ed Hellwig was first to call out our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk's generous offerings in heat conduction. Toasty palms on a brisk morning drive are one of life's underrated luxuries.
Ed was keen to point out another neat feature in our Renegade, but one that has so far received mixed reviews. I was initially not a fan of this particular feature until stumbling upon some info in the owner's manual.
by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on December 10, 2015
Soon after our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk was involved in this traffic collision, it went to the body shop. All costs were being paid by the at-fault party, so the choice of a repair location was up to us.
We drove the Jeep to a trusted local spot, Golden Hammer Auto Body, and left them to put it back together. The turnaround was expected to be quick. But there was a hiccup.
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 Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on November 16, 2015
Yeah, so this happened.
Fortunately, our pint-sized 2015 Jeep Renegade shrugged off the impact and asked, "Is that all you got?"
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on November 12, 2015
We've added 5,000 miles to our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk. Considering the test began about three months ago, it's a promising start for attaining our goal of 20,000 miles in a year.
But so far, our various updates, and opinions, have been of mixed.
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 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 Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on October 14, 2015
I rely on podcasts for entertainment during my commute. Consequently, I notice when Bluetooth systems act up. Though the infotainment system in our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk is easy to use, it seems to take much longer than normal to resume Bluetooth audio playback after starting. While most cars are streaming by the time I exit my garage, the Renegade doesn't start until I'm halfway down the block.
How much longer does it take?
Welcome to the "Time To Bluetooth" or TTB test, which I created today in the Edmunds.com garage.
by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor on October 12, 2015
Last month, our recent-arrival 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk returned some relatively unimpressive fuel economy figures. While we've yet to set it loose on freer pastures, we're still achieving only the estimated city economy numbers (21 mpg) about 40 percent of the time at best.
Some recent developments, however, could absolve our Renegade's 2.4-liter MultiAir engine of blame for our low efficiency.
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 7, 2015
Do you use the emergency brake every time you park? Not everyone does even though it's the proper thing to do to prevent the unexpected. In our 2015 Jeep Renegade, you don't even have to think about it. The brake engages for you.
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 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 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 Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on September 15, 2015
The 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk is the Trail-Rated version of this new sub-compact crossover. Among all of them, it's the model that someone who might actually travel off-road is likely to buy.
The Renegade Trailhawk has an Active Drive Low system that holds the lowest gear and a Selec-Terrain dial that allows the driver to adjust the traction control to suit conditions. It's fitted with knobbier all-terrain tires, and its 8.7 inches of ground clearance, 30.5 degrees of approach angle, and 34.3 degrees of departure angle are significantly more aggressive than what you'll find on any non-Trailhawk Renegade 4x4.
Ramp Travel Index (RTI) isn't typically found on a specification sheet, but this measure of maximum suspension articulation is nice to know, too. So we pointed our new Renegade Trailhawk up our home-made RTI ramp to see what's up.
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 26, 2015
Let's be clear: I'm never going off-roading. At least, not intentionally.
So my days behind the wheel of our new 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk are largely spent the same way as most of my time is away from Edmunds: dropping off kids and dry-cleaning, picking up kids and groceries, sitting in freeway traffic, sitting in the passenger seat when I toss my husband the keys — pretty typical stuff for a 40-year-old woman.
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.