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Overview (Final Score: B)
The 2017 Jeep Renegade is in its third year and this subcompact crossover has proven to be a winning combination of fun and capability that translates into everyday usability. Sales figures for the little Renegade show it’s growing popularity as proof of that. The Renegade shows that Jeep can do an entry-level crossover that’s both light on price and high on interior quality. Something previous attempts at entry-level categories have not been successful at.
For 2017 there are few changes in the Renegade versus the previous two years. Some added content, such as xenon headlamps, automatic high beams, and keyless ignition and entry, are now offered across the trim level board. The Renegade otherwise sees little change.
The 2017 Renegade is a five-seat subcompact crossover that exudes personality and delivers on comfort. Definitely a great combination when you consider it’s also the most trail-capable subcompact crossover available.
What We Love About the 2017 Jeep Renegade:
- Fun look that translates into real world versatility
- Solid handling, and good on and off road capability
- Great tech features and a comfortable interior
What We Don’t Love About the 2017 Jeep Renegade:
- Fuel economy lower than its peers
- Transmission sometimes gets shifty
- Limited backseat legroom and cargo
Pricing and Value (9/10)
For the price, there’s a lot of value in the 2017 Jeep Renegade. The base model rings in at a compelling price, but a few creature comforts we expect to be the norm aren’t included. Like air conditioning. But jumping up to a more realistic buy doesn’t mean breaking the bank. A well-outfitted FWD model can be had for around $22k after delivery and a solid 4×4 model at under $24k. Those aren’t bad numbers considering how nicely done the interior of the Renegade is and how capable this little crossover can be.
Value is a bit subjective. A person who doesn’t want the unique looks or who needs a guaranteed aftermarket resale value down the line may not find the Renegade quite as appealing as the first point is obvious and the second is untested, given how new this model is.
Total Score and Competitive Comparison (67/80, 84%)
There is no shortage of options in the fast-growing compact crossover segment. The sporty Mazda CX-3 is a fun option with similar interior space while the Subaru XV Crosstrek has similar off-road cred. The more refined Fiat 500X shares many similarities with the Renegade in terms of interior fitment. Those looking for value might want to consider the newly redone Chevrolet Trax and its Buick Encore twin.
In the end, none of the competitors can hold a light to the uniquely Jeep nature of the Renegade or its real-world, proven off-road credibility when outfitted in the Trailhawk package. For pure fun, useful everyday versatility and a great interior experience, there is no other option in the subcompact crossover segment except the 2017 Jeep Renegade.
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