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Renegade Sport vs Trailhawk

Hey guys,

Former 96 wrangler owner, current scion tC driver who misses the Jeep life. The renegade has peaked my interest, but I'm not sure which "trim" to go after. My wrangler was a manual and the tC is an auto, I have been craving the manual transmission ever since selling the wrangler. Because of that, I've been leaning toward just the 1.4L 4x4 sport. But, the biggest draw of the renegade is the off-road capabilities, and that is something I didn't take advantage of enough in the wrangler. I only plan on going on smaller off-roading adventures (at least that's what I'm telling myself) like beach driving and simpler dirt off roading. Will the manual sport be enough? Or should I drop the manual dream and bulk up to the Trailhawk? This car will be my main commuter too, 30 minute drives each way usually.

Can I get some pro/cons or just general opinions about which way I should go? I plan on driving both this weekend at a dealer but the doesnt tell me much about the other half of the vehicle.
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Just purchased a used Trailhawk about a month ago. I have been surprised with the vehicle so far in regards to ride, MPG and 4x4 ability in the snow.
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The auto transmission sucks, I have a '16 TH and love the off road features but wish I had a 6 speed manual.

I'd go for a 1.4 with manual and put in aftermarket goodies to make it better off road.
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I have no issues with the automatic transmission. Some people have had clutch issues, and some have had automatic transmission issues. Coming from a Grand Cherokee that got 17mpg (13 in 4WD), bumping up to 24-27mpg was a welcome change.

I wouldn't expect the a Renegade to perform like a Wrangler, but I'd have no issues with light off-roading.

Something that is different between the Sport and Trailhawk models is the final drive, giving the Trailhawk a better crawl ratio. I noticed that when I had my Sport (4WD Auto), I got about 1-2mpg more than my current Trailhawk. With the final drive difference, my calculations are that 6th gear in the non-TH (automatic) is about the same gear ratio as 7th gear on the Trailhawk, which would explain why the Sport gets better gas mileage, as well as why the TH starts in 2nd gear instead of first (which it uses for 4x4 Low). From everyone I hear with the manual transmission, has mileage is even better.

As happy as I was with the Sport, I'm even happier with the Trailhawk.
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I have found the Automatic to be just fine and shifts great.

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