The new 2018 Jeep Renegade despite not being the first one to try to prove it’s a car-like Jeep, has nonetheless been able to demonstrate that Jeep’s playfulness and styling can successfully translate to a practical subcompact crossover. It’s both practical and rewarding. For 2018, buyers looking to buy a freshened version of the Jeep Renegade should anticipate features such as feature upgrades, freshened exterior and interior surfaces, and an another special edition model.
These features are expected to catapult the Renegade to a higher status in its class as they’re the first since the model’s introduction back in 2015. The model remains the best-selling vehicle in the sub-compact car segment. It reigns over other competitive options such as the Nissan Juke, Subaru Crosstrek, Chevrolet Trax, Mazda CX-3, and the Honda HR-V.
Nowadays, it’s a no-brainer fact that subcompact crossovers are the preferred choice for most people. They offer a higher riding height, and a sporty versatility that seems to resonate well with young singles and urbanites. The Renegade betters itself with even more features such as plenty of easy-to-use technology features, agile handling, lots of handling, classic Jeep look, and best-in-the-segment off-road capability with the Trailhawk model.
Changes for 2018, as already mentioned include feature upgrades, and refreshed exterior and interior specs. Buyers in a hurry to get more power and other extensive changes should probably wait until 2020/2021 when Jeep is expected to do a thorough makeover for the model. In the meantime, buyers and Jeep enthusiasts should expect minor alterations to the front and rear fascia.
Although the Renegade delivers on many fronts, it isn’t without fault. One shortcoming that stands out during nitpicking is the poor fuel efficiency despite being a relatively small vehicle. Moreover, you’d better shop elsewhere if you’re looking for a five-passenger crossover. The interior space especially for the rear passengers is wanting and so is the trunk space. Also, the clunky shifting might prove to be annoying at times.
The market hopefully offers a couple of alternatives for the best-seller 2018 Jeep Renegade, one that we’d be quick to recommend is the Honda HR-V and the Mazda CX-3. For a refined road-cruising demeanor – the CX-3 is a perfect choice. For space, we find the Honda HR-V to be an excellent choice. Buyers can also check out the improved Chevrolet Trax, Subaru Crosstrek, and the Fiat 500X.
Yet, we still find the 2018 Jeep Renegade to be a capable option especially if you’re looking for a crossover that can bounce along light-duty unwinding trails.
Engine Performance – 2018 Jeep Renegade
Are there any mechanical changes for the new Renegade? Expect None! The new model will still debut with the existing 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder model that sits at the heart of the base model. The engine produces a meagre 160 horsepower and 184 lbs. ft. of torque and comes fitted beneath the belly of both the Renegade Sport and Renegade Latitude models. A six-speed manual is exclusively offered as the sole transmission system.
Standard beneath both the Renegade Limited and Renegade Trailhawk models is a 2.4L four-cylinder engine capable of making 180 horsepower and 175 pounds of torque. These engine is also offered for both the Sport and Latitude models as an upgradable option. Pairing is via the nine-speed transmission system.
The Renegade Trailhawk is four-wheel drive while the rest are provided in either front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive options. While it’s highly expected of Jeep to better the Renegade’s fuel consumption ratings, changes to existing ratings is in doubt as nothing is expected to change in terms of the 2018 Renegade’s performance specs. As such, buyers should still look forward to the lousy EPA ratings of 24/31 mpg in the city/highway. Real-world fuel economy ratings are however below those of the EPA. This shortcoming can however be offset by the rumored Renegade Limited Diesel Edition.
2018 Jeep Renegade Interior Redesign & Exterior Modifications
Looking rugged on the inside, the vehicle’s interior is however a well-trimmed and a comfortable haven. All Renegades save for the bare-bones Sport come equipped with creature comforts such as cruise control, air-conditioning, and acres of soft-touch materials. The 6.5 inch infotainment Uconnect system that was upgraded during the 2017 model year is expected to return unchanged. It is feature laden and responsive.
The Renegade is pretty wide and tall, and this gives it a competitive advantage over some of its competitors. The square shape translates to tons of headroom space. Again, front passengers will appreciate the plenty of legroom available. However, the same cannot be said of the rear passenger space.
Just behind the rear seats is 50.8 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. Seemingly respectable but some research will actually reveal that both the Kia Soul wagon and the Honda HR-V are better alternatives in this regard.
Outward, the changes aren’t expected to change much. As aforementioned, the Renegade might spot some changes on the front and rear ends but that is as much as the changes go at least judging from the spy pictures floating around on the internet. Color changes can be expected.
2018 Jeep Renegade Prices and Release Date
Prices are expected to change for the new Jeep Renegade 2018 over its existing iteration. That said, buyers should expect to pay within the range of $19K to a maximum of $28K. Opting for the available packages can however skyrocket this price range to a whole new level, so one should be keen on what boxes to tick before checking out.
As already mentioned in this review, the 2018 Jeep Renegade seems to have lots of positive vibes going for it and thus been able to clinch the first position in terms of sales in this fiercely competitive segment. Its Trailhawk model offers best off-road capability, technology features are easy to use, handling is agile, and its classic Jeep-style authenticates its character. On the flipside though, the Renegade fails to score big when it comes to fuel economy, cargo capacity, rear-seat legroom, and its clunky transmission system. In overall though, we still find the vehicle worth every penny it asks for, so don’t hesitate to buy it.
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