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2021 Jeep Renegade

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2.9 (Fair)

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2021 Sport 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $22,850
2021 Sport 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $24,965
2021 Latitude 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $26,115
2021 Latitude 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $27,575
2021 Limited 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $30,025
2021 Trailhawk 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $30,025


What's New

The tiny 2021 Jeep Renegade sees a host of changes for the new model year. A bunch of safety features, which were optional last year, are standard this year.

For 2021, the Renegade now comes with blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning.

When it comes to the Renegade’s standard infotainment system, Jeep has introduced a new 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility as standard. Two new editions – the 80th Anniversary Edition and Islander Edition – join the lineup.

The changes help the aging Renegade remain competitive in the hot subcompact segment.

Choosing Your Jeep Renegade

The Renegade is available in eight trims: Sport, Jeepster, Latitude, Upland, 80th Anniversary, Islander, Limited, and Trailhawk. Prices start at $24,345.

Engine Choices

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
2.4L 4-Cylinder180 hp175 lb-ft25 mpg (FWD), 24 mpg (AWD)
1.3L Turbo 4-Cylinder177 hp210 lb-ft27 mpg (FWD), 26 mpg (AWD)

While seeing the optional turbocharged engine make less horsepower than the standard four-cylinder may lead you to believe it's not worth the upgrade, torque is the more important figure here. The turbocharged engine makes an extra 35 pound-feet of torque more than the four-cylinder. That makes the Renegade far peppier on the road and gives it even more impressive performance when off-roading. The fact that the engine gets better fuel economy makes it the better option of the two.

Both engines are paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, except on the Upland, Limited, and Trailhawk, which come with four-wheel drive as standard. On the rest of the lineup, four-wheel drive is a $1,500 option.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

While the Renegade has a boxy design, that doesn’t translate into a spacious cabin. The subcompact SUV may have seating for up to five, but things are a squeeze in the back. With 35.1 inches of rear legroom and 51.9 inches of rear hip room, the Renegade isn’t comfy for three passengers in the back.

Cargo capacity in the Renegade isn’t spectacular either. With the rear seats in place, the Renegade has 18.5 cubic feet of cargo space and a total of 50.8 cubic feet of cargo space in total. Those figures are better than average, but competitors like the Subaru Crosstrek, Honda HR-V, and Kia Soul offer more spacious cargo areas.

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Safety Features

This is the key area where the 2021 Renegade has a major advantage over last year’s model. Standard safety features on the SUV include rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and lane-keeping assist.

Adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam assist, park assist, and parking sensors become available starting with the Latitude trim with the Luxury Group I package. It’s priced at $2,495.


The 2021 Renegade gets improved tech features for the new model year. A 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, six audio speakers, a USB port, satellite radio, and Bluetooth is standard on the Renegade.

The $2,495 Luxury Group I package is available on the Latitude trim and above. The package includes an 8.4-inch touchscreen, navigation, an HD radio, and Jeep’s Uconnect 4C infotainment system. The larger touchscreen is standard on the 80th Anniversary, Limited, and Trailhawk.

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Sport – From $24,345

The standard Sport trim comes with 16-inch steel wheels, heated exterior mirrors, remote keyless entry, push-button start, and dual-zone automatic climate control as standard. The seats are manually adjustable and feature cloth upholstery.

Jeepster – From $26,485

Over the entry-level Sport, the Jeepster adds 19-inch alloy wheels, remote start, and proximity keyless entry.

Latitude – From $26,575

Most likely the popular trim in the lineup, the Latitude trim adds an extra USB port and 17-inch alloy wheels. The main draw with the Latitude is that it opens the door to a few available packages.

The Convenience Package costs $1,195 and brings an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The Luxury Group 1 brings a host of tech features and is priced at $2,495.

Upland – From $27,240

The Upland is the first Renegade trim to come with four-wheel drive as standard. It also adds remote start, a front skid plate, tow hooks, a unique front bumper, and 17-inch wheels to its list of standard equipment.

80th Anniversary – From $27,610

Beyond coming with 19-inch wheels, the 80th Anniversary edition comes with the larger infotainment system as standard.

The Convenience Group, which costs $1,195, and the Luxury Group II package are available. The latter brings LED fog lights, LED taillights, and LED daytime running lights. It’s priced at $1,495.

Islander – From $29,170

Another special edition model, the Islander has special exterior colors and graphics. It’s mostly an appearance package, as it doesn’t add any more standard features.

The $1,195 Convenience Group package is optional on the trim.

Limited – From $30,440

The Limited trim is only available with four-wheel drive and the turbocharged engine. Standard features include heated front seats, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, remote start, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and proximity keyless entry.

The Luxury Group II is available on the Limited trim for $1,495.

Trailhawk – From $30,440

The Trailhawk is the off-roading-oriented trim in the Renegade family. To tackle rugged terrain, the trim comes with all-terrain tires, a lower gear ratio, bespoke suspension, extra skid plates, and tow hooks.

The Luxury Group III package is special to the Trailhawk, bringing LED headlights, LED fog lights, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, and leather upholstery. The package costs $1,795.

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CarsDirect Tip

There’s no denying that the Jeep Renegade is a capable off-roader, especially in the Trailhawk guise, but it’s not exactly as capable as Jeep’s larger SUVs. So, we’d stick to the mid-level Latitude with the Convenience Group package. That combination nets the most value-packed model and one that’s comfortable both on- and off-road.

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Expert Review

  • Unique looks
  • Responsive turbo engine
  • Good standard features
  • Off-road-ready Trailhawk
  • Tight rear seats
  • Limited cargo space
  • Unrefined base engine
  • Indecisive transmission
Expert Rating
2.9 (Fair)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Quirky crossover with off-road capability. When the Jeep Renegade debuted in 2015, it arrived to some resistance from brand traditionalists due to its funky looks and the soft-roader class in which it competed. Over the years, it’s grown into a popular model for folks looking for something unique from their subcompact crossover.

The 2021 Jeep Renegade is all about uniqueness with its quirky shape, relatively potent powertrain options, unmatched off-road capabilities in its class, and more.

Sharp looks in and out, but tight rear seats. The Renegade boasts a great outward appearance with its upright glasshouse and stance, flared wheel wells, signature seven-slot grille, black accents, and other rugged cues uncommon in the segment.

Inside, the Renegade is a mixture of sleek crossover and rugged SUV. It shows its sleek side with its curvy instrument panel, unique air vents, and contrasting speaker surrounds. The rugged side chimes in with a chunky three-spoke steering wheel and passenger-side dash grab bar. Buyers can further play into this rugged side with the Trailhawk trim.

While it looks great inside and out, the Renegade 35.1 inches of rear leg room make sitting in the back seat no joy. This is well behind the Honda HR-V’s 39.3 inches and the Subaru Crosstrek’s 36.5 inches. It does, however, beat the Nissan Rogue Sport’s 33.4 inches of rear leg room.

The Renegade is also tight in the cargo area, with just 18.5 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 50.8 with them folded. Folks seeking more space can look to the HR-V (24.3 and 58.8 cubic feet, respectively), Crosstrek (20.8 and 55.3), or Rogue Sport (22.9 and 61.1).

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Peppy turbo engine, unrefined base motor. The Renegade’s optional 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine pumps out 177 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque. This is plenty of pep for this small vehicle and easily trumps most competitors.

The standard 2.4-liter engine delivers a respectable 180 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque, but it does so with minimal refinement and lots of noise.

No matter which engine you choose, you’re stuck with an indecisive nine-speed automatic transmission that can’t seem to pick a gear and stick with it.

The Renegade makes up for these powertrain shortcomings with an advanced all-wheel-drive system and upgraded trail-trekking hardware in the Trailhawk trim. Other than the Crosstrek, no other subcompact crossover can come close to the Renegade Trailhawk’s off-road prowess.

Well-equipped cabin, but safety lags. Previous Renegade model years were relics of generations past with no standard air conditioning or power windows. In 2021, Jeep rectifies this, giving it power windows and dual-zone automatic climate control to go along with its other desirable standard gear, including a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and more.

The Nissan Rogue and Crosstrek keep pace with the Renegade in this area. The Ford EcoSport and HR-V fall way behind, as neither has standard Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Plus, the EcoSport and HR-V have tiny standard 4.2- and 5-inch non-touchscreen displays, respectively.

The Renegade matches most in its class with standard automatic emergency braking, but it has sore spots in crash safety. In IIHS testing, it received only an “Acceptable” rating in the small-overlap passenger-side crash test, and its best headlight test was only “Acceptable." In NHTSA testing, the Renegade received only a four-star overall safety rating and a three-star rating for rollover safety.

Final thoughts. There’s a lot to love about the 2021 Jeep Renegade, especially if you skip the base engine and move right into the 1.3-liter turbo unit. Plus, buyers who want a small crossover that can handle more than just a gravel road and light snow, the Renegade Trailhawk has legit off-road chops.

If you plan to haul older children or adults in the rear seats, though, you may be better off with the HR-V. If you plan to carry cargo, the HR-V, Crosstrek, and Rogue all offer more space than the Renegade.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.4L I-4 / 180 HP / 175 ft.lbs.
9-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
22 / 30 / 26 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.4L I-4 / 180 HP / 175 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
22 / 30 / 26 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
12.7 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
50.8 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
100 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
166.6 "
Exterior Width
74.2 "
Exterior Height
66.5 "
Front Headroom
41.1 "
Rear Headroom
40.5 "
Front Legroom
41.2 "
Rear Legroom
35.1 "
Front Shoulder Room
55.9 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.1 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,056 Lbs.
Wheel Base
101 "
Turning Radius
18.1 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
16.0 " Black Styled Steel / 19.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 17.0 " / 17.0 " Polished W/painted Accents Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Clearcoat Monotone With Decal / Metallic Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Accents
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Light / Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Warning-plus Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Detection Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Warning-plus Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Sentry Key
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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