2021 Jeep Renegade review: Exterior, Interior, and specs
As the name suggests, the 2021 Jeep Renegade rejects the traditional features of other small car crossovers. Of course, the small size and attractive design are the hallmarks of this segment.
But its legitimate off-road capabilities and a removable roof make it an ideal vehicle for the cruiser class.
Of course, the lack of an eco-friendly model (at least until the plug-in hybrid model arrives) and high-end trim levels that don’t look sophisticated at all, the areas where the smaller Jeep stands out are all for the wrong reasons.
While the Jeep Compass looks more mature and the Jeep Cherokee can pull harder and tackle more difficult trails, the Renegade 2021 will still appeal to fans of the brand with its square aesthetic, open option, and versatile Trailhawk model.
Interior Jeep Renegade
As with the exterior design, the Renegade’s interior has also been designed with the part of our brain in mind that created a complete dialogue between the two dinosaur-shaped tires.
It’s filled with weird shapes, toy-like decorations, and little design surprises like cards printed on coasters and the words “Since 1941” printed on the plastic on the dashboard.
It is a pity that the thick roof columns create significant blind spots, which are by far the brightest in this class of vehicles. The seats on the Renegade clearly did their yoga stretch as they folded easily to create a level cargo floor.
But even so, space is, at best, average. The limited storage space and the lack of a continuous front door make the stowage space scarce compared to other vehicles in the segment.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The Renegade’s infotainment system operates on a 7.0- or 8.4-inch touchscreen, which supports Fiat-Chrysler’s excellent Uconnect interface.
While the larger screen is standard on more expensive models, it is available for additional parts on most of the product line.
Each system includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. The updated system adds built-in navigation, and the Jeep offers a more powerful Kenwood sound system on selected models.
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2021 Jeep Renegade 1.3T 4×4
front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback
PRICE AS TESTED
$34,860 (base price: $26,515)
Turbocharged SOHC and 16-valve in-line and four-valve intercooler, aluminum block and cylinder head, direct injection
81 cu in, 1332 cc
177 hp @ 5750 rpm
200 lb-ft @ 1750 rpm
9-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
Suspension (F/R): struts/struts
Brakes (F/R): 12.0-inch vented disc/10.9-inch disc
Tires: Goodyear Eagle LS2 RunonFlat, 205/45R-19 95H M+S
Wheelbase: 101.2 in
Length: 166.6 in
Width: 74.2 in
Height: 66.5 in
Passenger volume: 98 cu ft
Cargo volume: 19 cu ft
Curb weight: 3538 lb
Zero to 60 mph: 9.0 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 31.7 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 9.6 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 4.3 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 6.3 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 17.1 sec @ 82 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 189 ft
Road holding, 300-ft-dia skidpad*: 0.77 g
Observed: 24 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 29 mpg
Highway range: 360 miles
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 26/23/29 mpg