It was nearly a year ago we took our first drive in the all-new Jeep Renegade. Following that day behind the wheel of two of the four trim levels – we told you that the new and compact Renegade starts out by looking every bit like a Jeep and finishes by driving like a Jeep – both on and off-road.
We have been in and out of a variety of Jeep Renegade models since then on demonstration drives and at special events and find that, whatever level of Jeep capability you need, there is an affordable Jeep Renegade model for you with prices starting at $17,995 for the base FWD Sport model.
The all-new Jeep Renegade comes in four trim levels. They are: Sport (MSRP $17,995), Latitude (MSRP $23,295), Limited (MSRP $24,795) and the “Trail Rated” (off-road) Trailhawk ($25,995). Sport, Latitude and Limited come in both 4×2 and 4×4 drive train configurations. The 4×4 upgrade price is $2,000. The Trailhawk comes in 4×4 only.
It may be the smallest Jeep, but the Renegade is all Jeep in its power and drive train. The Sport and Latitude are standard equipped with the 1.4-L MultiAir Turbo four-cylinder engine rated at 160 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque and mated to either the 6-speed manual transmission or the 9-speed automatic. Optional for Sport and Latitude, and standard on Limited and Trailhawk, is the 2.4-liter MultiAir2 Tigershark I-4 engine delivering 180 horsepower with 175 lb.-ft. of torque. It is paired exclusively to the nine-speed automatic transmission on both 4×2 and 4×4 models.
The Jeep performance DNA in Renegade is leveraged from the 4×4 technology found in the very successful Jeep Cherokee introduced last year. Renegade offers the off-road Jeep Active Drive – full-time 4×4 system on Sport, Limited and Latitude and the rock crawling Jeep Active Drive Low – a class-exclusive full-time 4×4 system with 20:1 crawl ratio, on the Trail Rated Trailhawk.
For meeting the challenges of daily driving in all weather conditions and mastering the off-road, both Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4×4 systems include the Jeep Selec-Terrain system, providing up to four modes (Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud modes) for all. A fifth and exclusive Rock mode is added to the Trailhawk model to make it the best rock crawler for its size in the world.
Renegade makes a good daily driver as both drive systems also utilize the disconnecting rear axle and power take-off unit (PTU) to provide Jeep Renegade 4×4 models with enhanced fuel economy under normal road or highway conditions. The Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4×4 systems instantly engage when 4×4 traction is needed off-road or challenging conditions.
The exclusive to Jeep powertrain and drive combinations deliver fuel economy for the 1.4L of 24/31 mpg city/highway and on the 2.4L – 22/31 mpg city/highway as a 4×2 and 21/29 mpg city/highway when equipped as a 4×4.
2015 Jeep Renegade Latitude 4×4
Many aspire to drive and own the top-of-the-line Trail Rated Trailhawk model powered by the 2.4L TigerShark MultiAir2 engine equipped with Jeep Active Drive Low and its 20:1 Crawl Ratio plus Jeep Select-Terrain System including the exclusive Rock mode – but since we are not rock crawlers when off road, the Latitude 4×4 is our favorite. Whether at the end of your driveway every day or at the end of a trail on weekends – a Latitude 4×4 strikes an appropriate balance between on- and off-road performance and capability.
A few weeks back we were able to borrow a nicely equipped Jeep Renegade Latitude 4×4 powered by the 2.4L TigerShark engine and the 9-speed Automatic Transmission for a full week of driving in and around Central Texas.
Our test Renegade came in a bold Sierra Blue with a Black interior. The base MSRP for our Latitude was $24,695 (including the 2.4L engine upcharge of $1,400).
Standard features on our Latitude outside included Black Sided Roof Rails, Automatic Halogen Headlamps, Daytime Running Lights, Cornering Front Fog Lamps, Power Heated Mirrors, Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers and Rear Window Wiper/Washer.
Inside, the Latitude has Deep Tint Sunscreen Glass, Cloth Low-Back Bucket Seating, Center Console, Ambient LED Interior Lighting, Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel with Mounted Audio Controls, 3.5-inch TFT Cluster Display and Vehicle Information Center, and a very clever height adjustable Rear Cargo Floor with Tonneau Cover. Infotainment is delivered through a Uconnect 5.0-inch Touchscreen Display System with Integrated Voice Command and Bluetooth, SiriusXM, Media Hub, Remote USB Port and six speakers.
For safety and convenience, Latitude is equipped with All-Speed Traction Control, Electronic Roll Mitigation and Stability Control, Electric Power Steering, Parkview Rear Backup Camera, Electric Parking Brake, and Hill Start Assist.
Packages and Options
There are a number of packages and optional items you can select from to have your Renegade reflect your driving personality. Our test Latitude came equipped with:
- Popular Equipment Package ($795) that included Dual Zone Climate Control, 115-volt Power Outlet, Auto-dimming Rear View Mirror, 8-way Power Driver Seat,40/20/40 Rear Seat with pass through, armrest and cup holders plus upgrades the infotainment system with nine amplified speakers and subwoofer.
- 18 x 7-inch Aluminum Wheels mounted with 225/55R18 All-season tires ($595) – replacing standard 16-inch wheels.
- Full-size Temporary Use Spare Tire ($195)
- Remote Start ($200)
- Keyless Passive Entry ($295)
With a destination charge of $995, our test 2015 Jeep Renegade Latitude priced at $27,770.
Renegade Latitude Our Way
If we were building this Latitude for ourselves, we would have gone with the Mojave Sand Clearcoat exterior and Black/Sandstone interior. Keeping all of the other packages and options from our test Jeep, we would have added the My Sky Power Retractable/Removable Sunroofs for $1,395, Cold Weather Group ($545) with Heated Front Seats, Heated Steering Wheel, Rain Sensing Wipers and Windshield Wiper Deicer and upgraded the Uconnect further to the 6.5AN with Navigation on a 6.5-inch screen for $1,245.
The price for a Latitude built our way would price out at $30,955.
The Renegade Latitude 4×4 is a civilized and compact – but very tough ‘real deal’ Jeep that delivers quiet and comfortable daily driving under all conditions around town plus has a Jeep-load of off-road capability for running through the outback on weekends.
Don’t just take our word for it – go test drive a Renegade and then build one your way.