It may look like a miniature Wrangler, but the new Renegade on road is a totally different vehicle. And that's a good thing. Whereas the Wrangler's rugged off-road hardware makes...
... for a rough highway ride, the Renegade feels thoroughly comfortable and modern. It uses a unibody platform vs. the truck-like frame of the Wrangler, which makes the baby Jeep feel like a small and nimble
sedan. The Renegade is surprisingly dynamic on twisty roads. Neither of its 4-cylinder engines is all that potent, but the 2.4-liter is the better choice. In addition to having more horsepower, it's mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. The 1.4-liter turbo, only available with a manual transmission, is adequate but must be revved high for best performance. In Trailhawk form, the Renegade is capable off-road. With higher ground clearance, a bevy of electronic aids and a 20:1 crawl ratio, it can tackle challenging hills and step over rocks.