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!
I actually have owned a 2015 Renegade 4x4 Latitude since July 2015. It has been a joy to drive. I've put over 17K miles on it with no issues. I love the features and the interior design is fantastic. It has a quiet and smooth ride, and performed flawlessly in the snow. I've driven it on several road trips of 5+ hours with complete comfort, and the tech features, electronics really make it feel upscale. The instrument panel has the feel and look of high-end camping gear. And I regularly get 40+mpg on the highway, averaging 33 mpg on the long road trips. I love this little Jeep! SEPT 2016 UPDATE - My Jeep Renegade still performs flawlessly at 31K+ miles. People are pleasantly surprised when they get inside. I truly look forward to driving my Jeep every day.
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).
2.4-liter Multiair Engine ($1,400); UConnect 6.5AN Navigation ($1,245 -- includes 6.5-inch touchscreen, navigation, Sirius/XM Travel Link services, HD radio); Popular Equipment Group ($795 -- includes 40/20/40-split rear seat, eight-way power driver seat, four-way power passenger seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, nine-speaker sound system); 18-Inch Wheels ($595); Safety and Security Group I ($595 -- includes a security alarm, blind-spot warning system, rear cross-traffic alert); Cold Weather Group ($545 -- includes heated front seats, heated steering wheel, windshield wiper de-icer, front and rear floor mats); Passive Entry/Keyless Go ($295); Remote Start System ($200); Cargo Cover ($75)
The Renegade makes good use of the power on tap from its four-cylinder engine, leaning on the nine-speed transmission to stay within the power band. Our quickest times were achieved through power braking (holding the car with the brakes while pressing the accelerator) momentarily to 2,250 rpm, and after leaving the line, allowing the transmission to handle shifting automatically. Very little drama here and zero risk of wheelspin. The Renegade's engine is a little buzzy at full throttle, but it gets the job done.
Brake performance in the Renegade is excellent. The pedal has a relatively short travel and medium-firm feel, with minimal wiggle under full-ABS braking. The all-season Kumho tires and brakes remained dead consistent over five consective brake runs, posting distances all within a foot of each other. At 116 feet, there are only a handful of compact SUVs that stop in a shorter distance.
"Slalom: There's no real difference in having traction control on or off. Stability control limits torque and modulates brakes at the first sign of understeer. However, the Renegade feels relatively tidier than its size would indicate.