2018 Jeep Renegade
When it comes to a vehicle like the Jeep Renegade, there isn’t a whole lot to improve upon. Made mainly for its best-in-class off-road capability and open-air freedom, the Renegade Trailhawk is as much of a rock crawling warrior as a 4×4 vehicle can get. However, that doesn’t mean the Renegade doesn’t have comfort and convenience. In addition to the Renegade Trailhawk, there are three other Renegade trims available for the 2018 model year, and together they give consumers a variety of options.
Jeep Active Drive
Available 4×4 System
Avail. Infotainment System
Avail. Fuel Economy
The 2018 model year lineup consists of four trims. Three Renegade trims come standard with a front-wheel drivetrain (FWD), but buyers have the option to upgrade each of those trims with a 4×4 drivetrain. One Renegade trim, the Renegade Trailhawk, is specifically built for off-roading and it is only available with a 4×4 drivetrain.
The 2018 Renegade lineup includes two engine options. The Renegade Sport and Renegade Latitude come standard with a 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine with variable valve timing (VVT) technology, and it generates 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The VVT technology optimizes performance and fuel economy and it helps the Renegade achieve its excellent fuel economy of 24/31 mpg city/highway.
The Renegade Limited and Renegade Trailhawk come standard with a larger 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir2 engine. This engine increases the Renegades horsepower to 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque and gives the Renegade a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds. When the Renegade is equipped with the 2.4L engine, the Renegade has a fuel economy of 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The 2.4L engine is an available upgrade option for the Renegade Sport and Renegade Latitude.
Two 4×4 systems can be found on select trims of the 2018 Jeep Renegade. The first, Active Drive 4×4, is a part-time 4×4 system available on the Renegade Sport, Latitude, and Limited. “Part-time” means this system only engages when 4×4 driving is needed, such as when wheel slippage is detected. This is achieved with a standard brake lock differential. These Renegade trims also come with Jeep’s Selec-Terrain Traction Management System, allowing for all-weather capability across various terrain.
The 4×4 on the 2018 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk is the Active Drive Low 4×4 system. Also part-time, Active Drive Low is known for its low-range capability for low-speed traction and front-flat load towing. When rock crawling, it produces amazing torque with a crawl ratio of 20:1 for better throttle response at low speeds. The Renegade Trailhawk also comes with Jeep’s Selec-Terrain Traction Management System.
The Jeep Renegade has always been unmistakable from other Jeep trims, and the 2018 model has the same rugged and modern look. In 2018, the dual-pane power sunroof is available on the Renegade Latitude, Renegade Trailhawk, and Renegade Limited, and the MySky sunroof is an available option for the Renegade Sport.
Features found available on the 2018 Jeep Renegade consist of automatic headlamps, halogen headlamps with turn-off time delay, deep tint sunscreen glass, and heated exterior mirrors. Wheel options for select trims consist of 16-, 17-, or 18-inch wheels in various styles, all outfitted with all-season tires. This year, ten body paint colors are available.
There are a couple new and great interior upgrades to all 2018 Jeep Renegade models. A ParkView rear backup camera has been made standard for all 2018 Jeep Renegade trims, and the interior has been redesigned with new seat fabrics and colors. Other features returning to 2018 models include a heated steering wheel, automatic temperature control, steering wheel mounted audio controls, and cargo tie-down loops.
Storage capacity has also been increased for 2018 as a result of interior upgrades, including a revamped Selec-Terrain shifter dial layout, a relocated USB port, and two new storage areas in the front row. On select trims, consumers will also find a 40/20/40 rear seat with trunk pass-through may be available, or a 60/40 split-fold rear seat found across all trims. This time around, six color color combinations are available for the interior.
Technology in the 2018 Jeep Renegade is also given some upgrades this year. Forget the basic stereo system and radio found standard before. In 2018, the Jeep Renegade Sport comes standard with a Uconnect 5.0 on a 5-inch touchscreen, a six-speaker sound system, and integrated voice command with Bluetooth and handsfree calling. The rest of the lineup comes standard with Uconnect 4 on a 7-inch display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These trims may upgrade to an 8.4-inch touchscreen with Uconnect 8.4 NAV.
Not a whole lot has changed in terms of safety features for the 2018 Jeep Renegade. The following features are still included across the lineup – an advanced multistage front airbag system and supplemental side airbags in the front and rear, stability control systems, LATCH-ready anchors for child seats, and an anti-lock braking system.
For the first time, Forward Collision Warning-Plus (FCW-P) and LaneSense Departure Warning-Plus (LDW-P) will be available for the Jeep Renegade. FCW-P alerts the driver when approaching a vehicle ahead with a chime, and if no driver input is recognized, the vehicle will attempt to bring itself to a stop or at least reduce potential damage. LDW-P, like Lane Departure Warning, will alert the driver if leaving their lane without turn signals on; if the trajectory continues, with Plus, torque will be applied to the power steering system and will attempt to force the vehicle back on-track.
All Jeep vehicles are covered by a basic 3-year/36,000 mile warranty, a 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for 5 years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for 5 years or 100,000 miles.