I'm 6'3" with a looong spine.
I have trouble fitting in most cars.....and if I hear one more car rental agent say "just put the seat all the way down..."
(hmm, maybe I've tried that, ya think?)
On a lark, my wife and I stopped in to look at a Renegade when they first came out.
When I sat in it, and noticed the outrageous headroom, and the fact that my eyes were in the middle of the windshield instead of looking at the visor, I immediately said "I have to have one of these".
Couldn't afford a new one, but the timing of the demise of my previous 2003 P/T couldn't have been better.
We did toss around a ford escape, especially after the restyle, but we saw one at a rental lot and I sat in it.
It was a bit cramped, especially compared to the previous, boxy design.
As a new vehicle, I'd rate the renegade "Awesome".
As a replacement for my P/T, especially in the functionality area, I'd rate it "Acceptable".
The P/T had a true fold flat seat system, including the front pass seat. 6' ladder, no problem.
The P/T had numerous pockets and cubby holes in the console and doors, plus three cup holders in front and one in the rear. I thin k the "water bottle" holders in the Renegade are cute hype. Why limit that space to only narrow, sealed containers? I'm even having trouble finding a place to put my phone. I used to rest it between the speedo and tach, so i could see the GPS. can't do that on the Renegade. It's precarious, and you can't see the info screen.
Despite these and a small few other annoyances, three things over ride everything else-
1- headroom. I even have the seat up 4 pumps and forward 3 clicks!
2- bad ass stereo. was not a determining feature, but it ROCKS. I'm a grade B audiophile, and I approve.
3- MPG. I'm getting 33 average after a week of commuting on my normal circuit, two trips to the grocery and a few other pleasure jaunts.