The Jeep Renegade is an all-new model. It's better both inside and out than both the Patriot and Compass, and it may eventually replace one of those models.
This Jeep is different, because it’s built in Italy and shares many components with Fiat. This will be the first of many collaborations between Jeep and Fiat, who share ownership.
The Renegade is priced in between those two models, with a starting price around $18,000 for the front-wheel drive and around $20,000 with four-wheel drive.
The outside looks like a small Jeep should, with styling more like a Wrangler. The distinctive grille and headlights cap off the styling. The rest of the look is boxy and rugged. There’s nothing cute about this subcompact crossover — and rightly so.
The interior sees the biggest improvement compared with the other small Jeeps right now. The seats are comfortable and the materials are a huge step up, with the use of soft plastics and nicer materials throughout. There’s a good amount of space — even for rear-seat passengers — and a generous-sized cargo area for this small crossover.
The new Renegade is fun, with some of the capability that you expect with that iconic Jeep name. It might not be able to conquer the off-road courses its bigger Wrangler brother can, but it won’t disappoint on your commute. It’s a crossover with a nice interior that’s more fun to be in than most of the competition.