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You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2017 Jeep Renegade OVERVIEW
The 2017 Jeep Renegade subcompact crossover delivers excellent driving dynamics both on and off the road. Capable, competent, and tech-savvy, the baby Jeep drips with personality and a sense of fun unmatched by most other vehicles. It may be the smallest Jeep in the lineup, but it proudly upholds the family name.
It has a unified design inside and out that makes it an easy vehicle to like. The interior is well-conceived and comfortable, even for those in the second row. Tactile surfaces don’t feel cheap, even though the base price starts just north of $18,000 (including destination). Cargo room is excellent and belies the Renegade's tiny footprint.
What's New for 2017
Jeep’s Keyless Go feature, which allows the driver to lock and unlock the doors and liftgate without pressing buttons on the key fob, is now standard on all trims (late availability). Automatic high beams are available for the first time.
Choosing Your Jeep Renegade
The Renegade seats five passengers and still has 18.5 cubic feet of cargo room. With the seats down, the cargo area expands to 50.8 feet, above average for the class.
The Renegade is offered in four different flavors: the base Sport, the mid-range Latitude, the upscale Limited, and the four-wheel-drive-only Trailhawk. Special editions may also offered from time to time, and may vary by area.
Two engines are offered. The standard 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder puts out 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, and comes paired with a six-speed manual transmission. The available 2.4-liter four-cylinder provides a lift to 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. It's mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Both engines are available with all-wheel drive in place of the standard front-drive setup.
Not planning on going off road? Skip the Trailhawk. Yes, it looks totally boss, but being designed for off-road capability means the handling and ride suffer on the road