2022 Jeep Renegade

By December 30, 2021

The 2022 Jeep Renegade is the smallest and lowest-cost Jeep SUV, with qualities and features rarely found in other compact SUVs.

For 2022 the Renegade lineup gets cut to four models, three of them with all-wheel drive. But a bigger change is a new engine. It’s a 1.3-liter turbo-4 making an overachieving 177 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission, a really strong powertrain. It drives with confidence, and is complemented with an imaginative cabin with excellent infotainment, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and navigation on its 8.4-inch touchscreen.

The front-wheel-drive Renegade is EPA-rated at a solid 24 mpg city, 32 highway, 27 combined. The more common all-wheel-drive version gets 22/27/24 mpg, a drop of 3 mpg combined and 5 mpg on the highway.

In safety, the NHTSA gives the Renegade four stars, but the IIHS gives it the top “Good” score in most tests. Automatic emergency braking is standard in every model but the Trailhawk.

Model Lineup

Made in Italy, the Renegade comes in Sport, Latitude, Trailhawk, and Limited.

The front-wheel-drive Sport starts at about $24,000, with its good infotainment, navigation and automatic climate control.

The Latitude adds better interior materials, a 7.0-inch screen in the instrument cluster, 17-inch alloy wheels, and tinted windows.

The Trailhawk costs around $30,000, with more ground clearance and all-terrain tires, but it lacks automatic emergency braking. With optional leather, Kenwood audio, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, and 19-inch wheels, it can top $33,000.

Exterior

The Renegade is retro with its round headlights, classic Jeep grille, and squarish wheel arches, a look that brings a lot of personality. The Trailhawk announces its intention with knobby chunky tires and bright red tow hooks.

Interior

The cabin’s character backs up the body’s personality. A busy instrument panel is also fun, never mind that the controls aren’t as practical to use as they might be. The materials are good, and get better beyond the base Sport.

The front seats are fairly comfortable, manual adjustment with power available. But in the rear, leg room is limited to 35.1 inches, and the small rear doors make entry and exit awkward.

Behind the rear seat there’s 18.5 cubic feet of cargo space, which expands to 51 cubic feet with the seat dropped.

Driving Impressions

Jeep made a good move in replacing the former engines with the Renegade’s new and potent 1.3-liter turbo-4. With 177 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque it offers a lot of low-speed grunt, though its 9-speed automatic sometimes pauses before it decides on the perfect gear to select next.

The all-wheel-drive Renegade has a few traction modes, and the 9-speed is geared very low in first, to enable a crawl pace for picking between rocks. The Trailhawk has even more traction modes, and can pick and claw its way through paths that bigger off-road vehicles might not even be able to clear.

Back out on the pavement, the ride is taut and the steering correctly weighted, with good handling. At freeway speeds it’s quite composed.

Final Word

The 2022 Jeep Renegade has off-road talents that mirror the rugged details baked into its compact shape. We’d take the mid-level Renegade Latitude, which blends features and value—and comes with good standard features and infotainment.

 

—by Sam Moses with driving impressions by The Car Connection

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