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Advice for purchasing a Renegade

Hello All:

I need some advice for purchasing a Renegade. Thanks for any help you can provide.
I am moving to Denver CO soon. I really need a 4WD. When I was younger I owned
a Jeep Wrangler and really loved it. Unfortunately the Wrangler is not practical for me
now. I really like the looks of the Renegade. I have read where the Renegade is similar
to the Wrangler. Do you agree?

I'm really curious about your advice on the engine/transmission I should purchase. I
REALLY love a manual transmission, but I'm worried the 1.4L is not as powerful as the 2.4L
I have also read some of your comments about the issues with the 9-speed auto transmission.

Does the 6-speed manual transmission (1.4L) give you want you need?

Thank you!

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Other than the Jeep sticker, the Wrangler and the Renegade aren't similar at all, other than some shared interior bits. The Wrangler is RWD with a true 4x4 system, while the Renegade is FWD biased with an AWD system. It's still solid in the snow, though. Then you have solid axles vs. independent suspension. 285 hp vs 160 or 180. So they don't really compare.

But the Renegade gets better gas mileage and handles better. If you get one and it ends up being one of them without issues, it's a nice car, especially for the price.

The manual and automatic transmissions have about the same torque, but the manual has 20 less horsepower. (But will likely cost a couple grand less.) Probably not a huge difference performance-wise. If you want a manual, go for it!
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Agreed, Wrangler and Renegade are different animals. I have owned both and prefer Renegade for my needs. It will go anywhere I need to offroad and rest of time you don't pay the Wrangler I am driving a tractor feel around town and on highway.
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I'm happy with the 2016 1.4 manual. Handles the snow with no problem when in 4x4 locked. Problem is they are not making them starting with 2019.
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We love our 1.4 manual renegade. You could probably find a 2018 model for cheap since no one wants manual anymore. The performance difference is not that significant between that and the 2.4. However, the gas mileage is not great if you live somewhere hilly or you like driving fast. The "4x4" system is pretty effective in snow.
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I didn't get my 2016 until March of this year, brand new leftover. Very hard to find. There was one in Texas and one in New Jersey, that was it! I got lucky, a loaded Latitude with the My Sky for $19,500
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Other than the Jeep sticker, the Wrangler and the Renegade aren't similar at all, other than some shared interior bits. The Wrangler is RWD with a true 4x4 system, while the Renegade is FWD biased with an AWD system. It's still solid in the snow, though. Then you have solid axles vs. independent suspension. 285 hp vs 160 or 180. So they don't really compare.

But the Renegade gets better gas mileage and handles better. If you get one and it ends up being one of them without issues, it's a nice car, especially for the price.

The manual and automatic transmissions have about the same torque, but the manual has 20 less horsepower. (But will likely cost a couple grand less.) Probably not a huge difference performance-wise. If you want a manual, go for it!
Excellent comparison. I couldn't have said it better myself!
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You didn't mention what you want to use it for. That might make a difference on models/engines to choose. Mainly road use and you want AWD for snow and such, either will be great. Light off road driving, either should be fine too. More extreme off road, you might want to look at the automatic depending on types of trails. Then the tralhawk comes in the picture with the lower range first gear which helps even more in slow going rocks and climbs.

I have the 1.4t/6 speed combo and like it a lot. Surprisingly fun to drive and fine for hitting some dirt trails in the area.
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The renegade is good in the snow. It's good on service roads/fire roads and access paths where someone knocked down the trees already. Off roading, if you want to go around obstacles, it's great. If you want to go rock crawling it is not so great. If you want to go in deep mud.. meh not so great. Beach cruising for fishing access? Pretty good at that. Tearing ass around big, open, generally flat, loose surfaces? It's a frikin hoot at that.


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Thank you!

I really appreciate all the helpful information.
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