Its that time, reviews are beginning to trickle in, but what do they have to say for themselves?
For one, the Renegade is certainly an attention generating piece of machinery. Now whether this is a function of its newness or an actual distinction it makes out on the pavement remains to be seen.
Driving position is straight up which should be pleasing to segment shoppers who may or may not place ingress/egress and visibility as top end priorities.But if our 440-mile tour up and down the Alps of Tyrol and Salzburg is anything to go by, the public loves the latest bantam SUV. Our 2015 Jeep Renegade Limited certainly garnered plenty of smartphone attention and thumbs up.
If you we're curious you can man handle your Renegade like a 911 and live to tell the tale. Not an endorsement or recommendation, your mileage may vary.Since beauty is in the eye of the beholder, we’ll give facts priority over feelings and start by noting the oddball packaging. The driving position is rather van-like, with the faraway base of the upright windshield creating a deep dashboard.
Those of you interested in the manuals should be pleased, reports laud its crispness and spacing.Next on the list was Pass Thurn, which deserves a Porsche 911 but made do with the much more humble Renegade. Giving its all, the Jeep yodeled through the ultra-fast corners with enough body roll to make our poor passenger reach repeatedly for the grab handle. Although it was shod with soft snow tires, the Renegade held the road remarkably well. Better still, it didn’t understeer excessively, didn’t suffer from fits of liftoff squirreliness, and, with stability control switched off, was actually quite tweakable via throttle, steering, and courage.
Its a Jeep but it will get stuck. Perhaps not in the most innocuous situations, but the lack of ground clearance will likely be felt for many in the snow belt.We never wished for the available nine-speed automatic, as the six-speed stick features well-spaced ratios, commendably light shift action, and reasonably short throws.
Granted thats not to say the Renegade is incapable, just that its no Wrangler, which you knew, but you know what, isn't that a good thing?It’s doubtful, though, that the Trailhawk’s extra eight-tenths of an inch would have helped us when snow halted our progress not once but twice. The first was photographer-induced and made the car sink to its belly on what looked like packed snow but was more like deep powder. The second situation involved a snowdrift that appeared manageable but was so hard and tall that the Jeep got stuck again, spinning all four wheels like a silver guinea pig scrambling for shelter.
The 2015 Jeep Renegade is a proper all-terrain SUV that will safely make it to your favorite ski slope or the to far end of the beach. But unlike the body-on-frame Wrangler, it’s not a compromised on-road vehicle that punishes its occupants with a deafening noise level, a sadistic ride, and third-rate creature comforts.