researched before I bought, lots of things the salesman had no idea about yet because it was so new, but I knew. Love to drive it, people love to look at it, I actually have the 2.4L 9 speed auto 4x4 Latitude but that was not an option in the drop down only the limited had it on my choices here so I picked the limited but I actually have the latitude. I wanted a trailhawk but the reviews turned me off with the interior noise, rougher ride and gas mileage so I fell comfortably into a latitude. The design is awesome inside and out, interior is convenient and roomy for a small suv. I got the sand color and love it, lighter in person than on the web site.
I loved the car at first, but I've had nothing but trouble with in the first month of ownership. Constant electrical issues have had it in the shop three times. Door locks failed and ignition system failed and had to be replaced. Car was towed twice to dealership. In shop total of ten days. Beware of Fiat product bearing Jeep label. Beginning to think I made a very expensive mistake in purchasing this car.
I'm 76, wife is 70-- we picked the Renegade Limited as a nice compromise between the Chrysler 300 (which I'd prefer, but find it hard to enter and exit) and the German Smart car (which was a little too small and not that easy to enter and exit). This Jeep Renegade Limited proved very easy to enter/exit, and the luxury features which I love are there too. I've owned sports cars, so I can appreciate thr Renegade's tight and responsive handling-- full throttle on a curving freeway on-ramp lets you feel the g's, but the Renegade gives a secure, no-slip road hug. Have owned for 16 months now and continuing to find nice features usually found only on more expensive vehicles-- like the back-up camera and collision warning system, awesome navigation/entertainment console, remote start, anti-theft festures, the list goes on and on. My wife says she feels more secure and safe in the Renegade Limited then any previous car-- airbags everywhere, seats that hold you surprisingly comfortably, and seat backs that would actually prevent whiplash due to position of headrest. I would not limit this model as only for young adults... this old fart is really liking his Renegade!
Ok, this is not your Honda CRV. I've had 4 CRV's and 2 Accords in 35 years. They were boringly dependable and just that. When i first saw pics of the Renegade I knew it was a matter of time. I am a firm believer of poaching good ideas who needs to reinvent the wheel so to speak. I love my new (3 weeks) Renegade TH. I knew it would be different than the CRV, it is not a vehicle for someone with a glass butt. Here are my takes on some ways to make it so much better. Replace that driver seat, copy the Buick Regal seat why don't you, this is a sure weekly visit to the chiropractor. That rear view camera needs to be cleaned up, copy what the CRV does, clear, wider and closer angles so practical. Also, put a women in on the interior design section, no places to put coins. There is easily a couple spots up front for this. And some storage nooks in the back into the sidewalls and a cable net to secure stuff, you left the hooks for it but no net and on a $31000 car just do it. Love the full spare tire. The navigation needs a lot of work. Why does the road map show both sides of the highway choked with traffic when only one side is busy? Why did my iPhone disconnect from the bluetooth within a week? Why is only one fog light on at a time? All the chatter about the lack of pickup in speed honestly if you need to go 0-60 in 4.3 seconds buy a Porsche, this is a Jeep dumb head. The seat fix is the first thing Jeep needs to do, the rest should be on the front burner.
2 Months into ownership. Here are my thoughts -- The Good - I took it on some tough terrain and it did excellent the short overall length made maneuvering easy and fun. Went up and down some crazy steep angels (to the point that I thought I might tip it) without any problems. Love the interior look and feel. I have also got quite a few comments from men and women about it which is always nice. Lots of headroom ( I am 6' 5" and have the mySky and still have plenty of headroom). Plenty of room in the back seat for 8 and 10 year olds. The Bad - don't open the the sunroof portion of mysky when there is morning dew... you will get wet (it just poured in). With both parts of the mySky off going at highway speeds you will need to roll down the windows at least halfway or there will be significant rattling of the center bar (portion in between the panels). The gas tank is small and the fuel mileage is just OK so frequent fill ups are a the result. I have had the 4 wd out of service light come on once (turning on and off the vehicle made it go off but it concerned me a bit). Conclusion - This is my first Jeep and I am still having a lot of fun with it and would buy it again if I can to do it over. I did test drive the latitude (really different feel, try both there are different animals) and would say Trailhawk or bust on this one. The Trailhawk however is priced at the upper limit that I think Jeep could pull off (not a lot of extra value).