Should I buy a Renegade?
My husband and I are looking into buying a 2016 or 2017 Jeep Renegade 2.4l automatic (we can't drive manual) to replace the 2011 Kia Soul we've been driving the past year. There's nothing wrong with our car, other than the fact that we don't technically own it or are making direct payments for it, as it's still his dads car who we just give money to for him to make the payment each month in his name. We want a new car so we can actually have it work towards our credit. We pay for the insurance and $300 a month for the car, and pay for any repairs needed, like recently paying $500 for all new tires and replacing a rim last month. We're tired of not actually owning the car we take responsibility for.
That being said, we love our Soul. It has just enough space for us, good mileage and good reliability. The reasons we aren't going with another Soul is because 1. We've never been a fan of how it looks 2. It sits lower than we like, and 3. We want to go with a bolder color. So basically, all aesthetic. We want a car with similar features as the Soul and from what we've researched the Renegade looks like a good match.
I have some questions and concerns about it though and would like to hear from people that have experience with it.
First question, how reliable has your Renegade been? Have you had to pay out for lots of repairs already while you've had it?
How does it handle? As far as steering, breaking, and acceleration go. I've heard a mixture of things but nothing from actual consumers.
Is the engine too loud? Our Soul is pretty quiet, but not silent. I've heard from people that it's pretty noisy, but I've also heard that when you're in the Renegade it's not that loud, as compared to the sound outside. I would be fine if it is this way, as long as it's not ridiculously loud inside the car. I've read that the 1.4 is a lot quieter than the 2.4, but since we won't have the option of the 1.4, I'm concerned about the noise level.
Lastly, how safe do you feel driving your Renegade? We're about to have a newborn in July and I don't want a car where I feel I have to be over cautious with everything. Always felt that way in my old buick, but not with our Soul.
Thanks for your feedback in advance x