The Jeep Renegade made its debut last year as an all-new model. Thus updates are few for the 2016 Jeep Renegade. BeatsAudio is now available. This premium audio system comes with a 506-watt amplifier, 6.5-in. subwoofer, and nine speakers. Rain-sensing windshield wipers are now standard on certain trim levels, and two new exterior paint colors (Granite Crystal Metallic and Jetset Blue Metallic Clear Coat) can now be had by the discriminating car shopper.
The 2016 Jeep Renegade continues to be offered in four different trim levels. One of two powerplants motivates each one. The smaller of the two is a 1.4-liter MultiAir inline-four turbo. It's good for 160 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. A larger 2.4-liter TigerShark four is also available. This one's rated at 180 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque.
Transmissions of the engines are a six-speed manual and a segment-first nine-speed automatic respectively. Renegade models equipped with the 1.4-liter four get an EPA-estimated 27 mpg in combined driving.* This figure dips slightly to 24-25 mpg combined with the larger engine. Note that four-wheel drive is available at all trim levels except on the Trailhawk, which comes with 4WD as standard.
All Renegades come well-equipped. In safety, a powerful ABS system and hill start assist come standard. The available UConnect infotainment system comes with such services as roadside assistance. Shoppers can equip their crossover with advanced safety options like blind-spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, and a forward collision warning system.
The base Renegade Sport comes equipped with halogen headlamps, a removable and height-adjustable cargo floor, a 3.5-in. color display, an audio system with four speakers, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and 12-volt power outlets in both the dash and the cargo areas. Step up to the Latitude and car buyers get automated headlamps, Bluetooth connectivity to the audio system and their phones, the above mentioned Uconnect system, and roof rails. The Limited, as the top-trim, gets all these plus heated front seats, automated window shield wipers and leather upholstery. Options like the new BeatsAudio system vary per trim.
The Trailhawk is the off-road model of the lineup. It's built off the Latitude but comes with a raised suspension system, underbody skid plates, and hill descent control as part of its standard equipment list. It also comes with its own unique wheels, tires and exterior accents to separate it from other Renegades.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2016 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.