2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk Review – Matching its Bigger Brothers in Off-Road Capability

For the 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, it is equipped with the larger Tigershark engine while base models are equipped with the 1.4 liter turbo 4. The Renegade is quirky in design as it hides a lot of easter eggs to keep the car interesting and gives it a lot of character. The Renegade is actually based off of the Italian Fiat 500X crossover on which they share the chassis and the power plant choices.

2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk Review - Matching its Bigger Brothers in Off-Road Capability

The 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk May be Tiny, But it Does Boast the Power

On the outside, the 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk looks toy-like in appearance may sway some more mature customers but also to some it may be the character of the Renegade that attracts the buyer it’s up to personal choice really. The Renegade is littered with easter eggs all over the car and it has Jeep grilles all over, a spider in the gas port, a Jeep side profile scaling the windows, gas canister markings all over the car, and even the map of Moab, Utah it’s a fun choice of styling cue as it keeps the car interesting and tells you that it’s a fun car. Under the hood of the Trailhawk trim is the Tigershark 2.4 liter mated to a 9-speed automatic same as the Fiat 500x and powers all four wheels.

On the inside, the color scheme is purely black with color-keyed trim; hard plastics, and rugged design cues such as the grab handle for the front passenger. On the center console is a 6.5 inch touch screen with Chrystler’sUconnect. Creature comforts include a heated steering wheel, a wiper de-icer, power seats, dual zone climate control and more. Back seat space is decent for a compact crossover, the cabin is weather sealed in case of really deep river fording, it really is meant to be a rugged vehicle.

Driving the 2015 Renegade Trailhawk on road might be a different experience; on road and in city driving, the 2.4 liter has lacking low end torque to power the car through traffic and struggles at low revs to haul the 3581 pounds of weight it has. Drive it off road however and it handles pretty well. It’s not meant to go fast off road but rather navigate through it with confidence as the transmission features a very low gear ratio to scale steep hills, small turning radius, and long suspension travel as well as the ground clearance to keep the ground away from the bottom of the vehicle.

The 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk has looks that’s a hit or miss depending on whether you like the design or not. It’s off road ready out of the factory. Excellent performing off roader. On road performance however is an unrefined experience. The 2.4 liter engine is a bit loud. The Jeep Renegade Trailhawk is one unique crossover as it offers the best in class off road capability.


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