When your significant other starts hinting that a new car is on the horizon, it’s best to just go with the flow and hang on for the ride. This happened earlier this year and what a fun ride it was!
We had been talking about the Jeep Renegade since looking at them at the 2018 St. Louis Auto Show. Jeep has always been something of an interest so this seemed like a great idea! Who wouldn’t want a nice new Jeep, especially for the person who has the type of job where you have to be there, no matter the weather.
Enter the 2018 Jeep Renegade we purchased from our local dealer. When we bought it, there was nary 70 miles on the odometer. It’s mid-2019 you say? Well, this particular Renegade was sitting on the dealer’s lot for at least 6 months, hence the reason for the HUGE discount!
The fact that this Jeep is built in Italy, alongside its cousin the FIAT 500X, doesn’t bother me. In fact, this might be one of the better Jeeps around. There’s plenty of room for people and stuff and it’s got that Jeep look to it; seven-slot grill, bug-eye headlights, squared taillights. The funnest part of the Renegade is all the “Easter eggs”. To name a few, there’s an old-style Jeep climbing a rock at the base of the windshield, a sasquatch lurking on the rear glass (that you have to look at from the inside due to the dark tint, and the Jeep name and logo in too many places to name.
Driving the Renegade is pretty fun. It’s no handling beast, though it’ll get around a corner quickly due to the short wheelbase of 101.2 inches. Our Latitude model has the optional 2.4-liter “multi-air” (nee Tigershark) turbo four-cylinder ($1530) that makes 180 horses and 175 lb.-ft. of torques. Add to that the nine-speed transmission and what you’ve got is a vehicle that starts good off the line and does well on the highway.
Inside, the “premium cloth” seats are well bolstered and comfortable enough for long drives. The fabric seems to be holding up well and since the seats are black, there are no visible stains…yet. Cargo room is better than your mom’s PT Cruiser but not bis as the larger Jeep Compass. We’re talking about 18.5 cubic feet with rear seats upright and 50.8 with them folded. The Compass, on the other hand has 27.2 and 59.8 cubic feet. The Ford EcoSport is just slightly larger than the Renegade with 20.9 and 50 cubic feet, with rear seats upright and down, respectively.
One of my favorite parts of our Renegade is the exterior paint, in what FCA calls “Anvil”. It’s glossy and has that “wet” look, with no metal flakes so it’s not sparkly. I’ve noticed more cars and trucks with similar paint, even outside of FCA. It’s a good look and hopefully a lasting trend.
As far as detailed pricing goes, our 2018 Jeep Renegade Latitude 4X4 started life at $23,445 with a nice list of standard equipment; including Push Button Start, stability control, roll-over mitigation, all-speed traction control, hill start assist, a seven-inch Uconnect4 display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite radio, and dual zone automatic climate control. Then there’s the aforementioned multi-air engine and also 18-inch aluminum wheels ($595). Add a $1495 destination charge and our Renegade totaled $27,065. Take off nine grand and you get the picture.
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…See You Down The Road!