by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on September 21, 2016
On July 31 we flipped the fuel-economy calendar forward on our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk. A month later we reflect on August and find ourselves yawning. This was one of the least memorable four-week fuel economy stretches since our test began.
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on August 8, 2016
Late in July, our long-term 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk passed the 12-month mark. We didn't give it a birthday cake or blow out any candles. We just drove it. But its name turned red on our sign-out sheet, signifying that its time in the fleet is drawing to a close.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on July 6, 2016
As our 2015 Jeep Renegade rolls into its last month in the fleet, it's well past the typical number of miles we rack up in a year. A big chunk of that was taken care of in its early days as it criss-crossed the country. But its comfortable interior and handy size also made it a popular vehicle for weekend errands and the occasional camping trip.
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on June 3, 2016
At this point it doesn't much matter how many additional miles we put on our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk. Time expires in seven or eight weeks, and the 22,243 miles on its odometer means it has already achieved its 20,000-mile long-term test goal.
Over that distance its overall average fuel economy has settled at 22.1 mpg, a figure that's not liable to move much from here on out. It appears that it's going to pull up short of the 24-mpg EPA combined rating that applies to all 2015 Jeep Renegade 4x4s with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder and nine-speed automatic.
Of course we're happiest when our test cars nail their EPA Combined rating at the end of a long-term test — or at least round up to it. Failing that, we usually part on good terms if a car comes in within a single mpg of its combined rating.
But our Renegade Trailhawk stands 1.9 mpg shy of the mark. That feels like a miss.
Or does it?
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on April 11, 2016
March was a big month for our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk. We hit the road for a total of 3,224 miles. Much of that was on the highway, and that further helped our lifetime average. But even after the significant amount of highway driving we've done with our Renegade, we're still below what the EPA estimates for combined city/highway driving.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on April 5, 2016
We neglected to report on the fuel economy of our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk for February. But I'm here to amend for past sins. We added about a thousand miles and averaged 20.9 mpg.
by Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief on February 23, 2016
My relationship with our long-term 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk crossed over from like to love a long time ago. This vehicle does exactly what it's supposed to do, it does it all extremely well, and it is fun to drive.
Plus it brings a cool factor, real off-road capability and interesting design to a segment that has had very little of each. But there is one thing about our Renegade that annoys me.
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on February 17, 2016
Turns out there's another downside to our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk's dismal fuel range. Beyond stopping constantly on lengthy road trips, I discovered that updating our fuel log spreadsheet is a lengthy, irritating exercise in repetitive data entry. Any more number inputs and I'd need one of those old-timey green accountant visors.
Anyway, the January miles and the Langness/Magrath Detroit road trip managed to bump up our Renegade's lifetime fuel economy by one whole mpg. Travis also managed a new best tank and best range. Sure, he was driving slowly but humdinger!
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on January 20, 2016
If you missed it, I drove our long-term 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk to Detroit. I wrote about the ins-and-outs of the experience and the Jeep's performance, but the purpose of this update is to recap the numbers: Miles covered, mileage, records and all variety of digits.
Here's what the big picture looked like:
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on January 15, 2016
With time lost due to a fender-bender and some mileage-light months, our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk was behind our desired pace (20,000 miles in a year) for long-term vehicles.
It needed several road trips to catch up, so a few editors stepped up to the plate and took the Renegade out on the open road. By the end of the month we were much closer to approaching our odometer goals, but the mpg needle didn't move as much as we'd hoped for.
by Matt Jones, Senior Editor on January 4, 2016
I drove our long term 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk up to the Bay Area to hang out with my mom for Christmas. The trip there and back was roughly 930 miles. I'm not sure how many times I've made this trip, but if I had to guess, I'd say at least 30 times in the last 10 years.
I've never had to stop for gas as often as I did while driving the Renegade.
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on December 7, 2015
Our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk only got driven 1,022 miles this month. There was time spent idle in the body shop, of course, but it also did a lot of local commuting and errand-running on suburban roads and the notoriously gridlocked city streets of Westside Los Angeles. So much so that it recorded a new worst tank of 15.2 mpg. It needs to get out more and stretch its legs on the highway.
Northern correspondent Brent Romans was trying to oblige, but he got rear-ended before he could fully execute his plan. Still, this summary is unique in that he managed to record new best tank of 24.3 mpg
and best range of 349.6 miles before he was pranged by a Civic. (**we've since noticed an error in our logbook entry that negates this best range result**).
The Renegade's relative lack of highway miles is reflected in its paltry 5,412-mile grand total and its 20.2-mpg lifetime average after almost five months in service. EPA combined is 24 mpg and EPA highway is 29 mpg, so even Brent's new "best tank" looks beatable.
Perhaps the Renegade's small trunk dissuades some of us from road-tripping this littlest Trailhawk. Methinks we need to figure out some way of 'suading them because we need to average 1,800 miles per month to end up at 20,000 miles when the Renegade leaves us next summer.
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 Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on September 25, 2015
A little more than a month in service, our 2015 Jeep Renegade has already racked up a solid number of miles. Most of the staff likes its combination of interior room, maneuverability and ease of use. The fact that it looks and feels a little different might help, too.
From a mileage standpoint, our Renegade is still well off its EPA numbers. Its overall average of 20.1 miles per gallon isn't even up to its city rating.
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.