2019 Jeep Renegade Driving Impressions

A capable performer off-road, comfortable when scurrying up mountainsides, the Renegade also behaves well on ordinary pavement.

Rugged Trailhawk trim serves as the best example of this Jeep’s impressive character. It’s the prime choice for off-roaders. Well-calibrated traction control and grippy tires can handle most slippery terrain.

A Renegade with the 2.4-liter engine accelerates decently, but its 9-speed automatic transmission shifts a lot in search of the proper gear.

In urban driving, the soft Renegade suspension delivers a comfortable ride, despite the short wheelbase and upright profile. Larger wheels transmit a little impact harshness.

Once underway, this compact Jeep handles better than expected. Higher-speed turns and corners generate modest body roll, though it’s not too noticeable since the Renegade’s power steering supplies little feedback to the driver.

As for gas mileage, the 2019 Renegade with standard 2.4-liter engine and all-wheel drive is EPA-rated at 21/29 mpg City/Highway, or 26 mpg Combined. Front-wheel drive raises the estimate to 22/30/25 mpg. EPA fuel-economy ratings for the new 1.3-liter turbo are 24/32/27 mpg with front-wheel drive.

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