The release of the 2015 Jeep Renegade was a big deal for Jeep fans and rugged vehicle lovers alike. It turns out it was a huge deal for Jeep as well. In April auto-sale records were shattered: Jeep moved 71, 759 vehicles, 4,200 of which were the brand new Renegade. The Cherokee, as always a fan favorite, moved 19,000 units. The Cherokee out-selling the Renegade may have to do with name recognition and trust, as well as the Renegade not being as widely available as the Cherokee. But numbers don’t lie, it’s pretty clear the new car on the block is going to quickly become very, very popular.
Cheaper gas prices are also allowing us to keep loving our larger, rugged vehicles without feeling the guilt in our wallets. Plus, this new generation of crossovers is significantly more fuel efficient than those that came before them. The Renegade is also just another addition to the growing variety that Jeep is starting to offer. We get to have our American made, roomy, tech-y, rugged, ready-for-anything vehicle again, folks.
The Renegade was also named one of the 10 Best SUVs Under $25,000, one of the 10 Best All-Wheel-Drive Vehicles Under $25,000, one of the 10 Favorite New-For-2015 Vehicles by Kelly Blue Book, and AAA Arizona’s top pick for their “Cool Car” segment. It’s also got best-in-class 4X4 capability with a 20:1 crawl ratio. That’s a lot of recognition for a brand new vehicle.
It might be because of the dual panel sun roof. It could also be the 7-inch full-color driver information display that puts the info you need exactly where you’d want it. It may be the Uconnect 6.5 system that features sensor-assisted GPS, speed-adjusted volume, Voice Command and Bluetooth (that means hands free calling and texting), and a plethora of other features. It could be the 31 miles per gallon highway you get with the 2.4 L Tigershark I4 Engine that has advanced MultiAir technology, increasing power and torque while decreasing fuel consumption and emissions. Perhaps it’s the seemingly endless cargo options you have with the height-adjustable rear cargo floor that moves up and down, optimizing storage so your friends and your gear can all tag along. And now you can worry a little bit less about the weather with the Selec-Terrain Traction Control system that allows the driver the ability to tune the traction settings to the road’s current condition. Snow, sand and mud are no longer a threat.
Maybe it’s the fact that all these features are bundled up into one vehicle. It also doesn’t hurt that the Renegade is one of the first vehicles of all time, and the only vehicle in its class, to offer an available nine-speed automatic transmission. This wider range of gears gives greater efficiency and virtually unnoticeable shifts between gears.
Contributed by Naperville CJDR in Naperville, IL.