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The people at Jeep noticed something. The roads of America were getting jammed with more and more small and compact SUVs and crossovers, all of which seemed to be the same vehicle with a different brand name on each one. Jeep saw that there needed to be a change, something that would reject the cookie-cutter sameness that was plaguing this class of vehicle. This is why Jeep introduced the Renegade. As its name implies, the 2021 Jeep Renegade rebels against the conformity of other compact SUVs and crossovers.
It starts with an exterior that sports the distinctive grille we all know and love about the Jeep. It continues with a rugged design that looks like it can literally crush the competition. However, the folks at Jeep know that looks are not everything, which is why the Renegade has capabilities that excel those of the compact SUVs of its competitors. You see, the 2021 Renegade is not just another small SUV or crossover; it is a Jeep, and it has the same rugged dependability as every Jeep model.
Jeep really puts you in the driver’s seat when it comes to choosing which model of the 2021 Jeep Renegade is the one for you. That is because there are four great trims to choose from as well as four additional special editions for a total of eight unique Renegade models. What’s more, you can choose from front-wheel drive for better fuel economy or four-wheel drive for better traction.
The base model of the 2021 Renegade is the Sport, with an MSRP of $22,850, making it amazingly affordable for a vehicle with these capabilities. It features 16-inch steel wheels, a Uconnect system with a 7-inch touchscreen, and Jeep’s Advanced Safety Group, which is now standard on all models of the Renegade. The Latitude adds 17-inch aluminum wheels and a few other features for an MSRP of $25,245.
The Renegade Limited is a luxury model with an MSRP of $29,145. It features the Uconnect 4C NAV system with an 8.4-inch touchscreen and heated leather front seats. Finally, the Trailhawk is perfect for those who love off-roading. This model has a trail-rated 4X4 system and other off-road features for an MSRP of $29,145.
Each of the four special editions has something unique to make it truly stand out. The 80th Anniversary Edition celebrates Jeep’s 80 years of vehicle production with 19-inch granite crystal wheels, the Uconnect 4C NAV system, premium LED lighting, and a dual panoramic sunroof for an MSRP of $26,280. The Upland is 4X4 only, with a distinctive black and orange interior, 17-inch low gloss black aluminum wheels, and a unique front grille with standard fog lamps for an MSRP of $25,795.
The Jeepster is a cute and sporty special edition with an MSRP of $24,990 that rides on 19-inch granite crystal wheels and has deep-tinted glass. The all-new Islander special edition has an MSRP of $27,840 and rides on 19-inch silver aluminum wheels with an exclusive available Alpine White painted roof, Islander hood decal, and a dual-pane panoramic sunroof. This special edition is ideal for someone who lives the beach life - or just wishes they did.
The 2021 Jeep Renegade provides a very comfortable 100 cubic feet of passenger space, seating up to 5 passengers quite comfortably. The designers at Jeep have done an exceptional job of apportioning the space between the first and second row of seats. Front-row passengers will enjoy 41.1 inches of headroom, 41.2 inches of legroom, 53.1 of hip room, and 55.9 inches of shoulder room, while rear row passengers will appreciate having 40.5 inches of headroom, 35.1 inches of legroom, 51.9 inches of hip room, and 55.1 inches of shoulder room.
While many compact SUVs and crossovers have to choose between space between passengers and cargo, the 2021 Jeep Renegade truly gives you room for both. The back has space for up to 18.5 cubic feet of your belongings, and this can be easily expanded to 50.8 cubic feet by simply folding down the rear row of seats. In this way, you should have plenty of space for luggage when going on a road trip with your four friends, and then extra space when you need to move something large.
Jeep gives you two great engines to choose from on the 2021 Renegade. The standard engine is a 2.4-liter Tigershark I-4. It uses a single overhead camshaft configuration to produce 180 horsepower and generate 175 pound-feet of torque. There is also a 1.3-liter turbocharged I-4 available that is standard on the Trailhawk and Limited trims. It also has a single overhead camshaft configuration, utilizing direct fuel injection and a turbocharger to produce 177 horsepower and 210 pounds-feet of torque. That extra torque will come in handy if you opt for the 4X4 drivetrain on the Renegade and desire to wander off the beaten path.
No matter which engine you choose, the 2021 Jeep Renegade features a standard 9-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode. The extra gear speeds provide a more efficient engine performance, while the manual shifting mode will give you greater control over your Renegade, especially when you are taking it out on the trail to test its off-road capabilities.
Both engines on the 2021 Renegade provide solid fuel economy, particularly for front-wheel drive models in highway driving conditions. The front-wheel drive Renegade with the Tigershark engine will provide 22 miles per gallon in city driving and 30 miles per gallon on the highway, while the front-wheel drive model with the smaller turbocharged engines improves the numbers to 24 miles per gallon in city driving and 32 miles per gallon on the highway.
As expected, choosing the available 4-wheel drivetrain will have a slight impact on fuel efficiency. The Renegade with the Tigershark engine and 4X4 drivetrain will give you an estimated 21 miles per gallon in city driving and 29 miles per gallon on the highway, while the model with the turbocharged I-4 and four-wheel drive provides drivers with an estimated 22 miles per gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon on the highway. Interestingly, for the four-wheel drive Renegade, the turbocharged engine does better in city driving conditions while the Tigershark is better on the open road.
If you have the need to tow a trailer, the Jeep Renegade will provide you with the capability to tow up to 2,000 pounds of trailer. While not a huge number, it is better than many larger crossovers from other manufacturers. This is because of the emphasis the Jeep engineers placed on the generation of torque when designing the engines for the 2021 Renegade.
You are going to find the 2021 Renegade a great deal of fun to drive. That is because the tight 101.2-inch wheelbase and 18.1-foot turning radius make this a very nimble compact SUV. The front suspension features independent struts, while the rear suspension is multi-link, giving the Renegade a very comfortable ride. The rack-and-pinion steering will also give you a great deal of control, especially in tight cornering situations. The 4-wheel ABS disc brakes give the Renegade a very good stopping distance even on slippery roads.
The big news for the 2021 Jeep Renegade is that Jeep has made its Advanced Safety Group standard on all models of the Renegade. This is a great collection of active safety features that will keep you and your passengers safe whether you are driving your Renegade on the highway or taking it off-road to test its capabilities. Jeep should be commended for making the Advanced Safety Group standard on the 2021 Renegade, showing its commitment to driver safety.
Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking will alert you if the system senses that your Renegade may have an imminent collision with another vehicle, object, or pedestrian in its path. It will also begin automatically engaging the ABS disc brakes to either mitigate the damage from the crash or avoid it altogether.
LaneSense Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist will help keep your Renegade in your lane when traveling on the highway. If the system senses that you are drifting out of lane, it will sound an alert as well as make slight adjustments to your steering to keep you going in the right direction.
Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Path Detection helps you in two ways. First, it will alert you if there is a vehicle in your blind spot when you attempt to change lanes to keep you from colliding with the other driver. Second, this feature will alert you if it senses that a pedestrian or other vehicle is about to cross into your path when you are driving your Renegade in reverse.