Desert hawk? What makes this version of the little crossover Jeep evaluated here a much better bet for traveling in desert environments compared to the normal Renegade Trailhawk on which it's based? Well, it includes rock rails as a conventional feature, safeguarding the rocker panels over the boulder-studded surface. As well as it's Trail Rated, which on the Renegade indicates it's equipped with Jeep's Active Drive Low four-wheel-drive system that includes a low range, along with a brand-new Rock setting for the Selec-Terrain system along with the basic Trailhawk's Snow, Sand, Mud, and Auto choices. There's a map graphics on the hood that is a stylized representation of Moab, Utah, and the surrounding location, along with various other Deserthawk-specific designing information.
That area can not truly be called desert (too many annual rains), however, it is absolutely prime Jeep country. Every spring thousands of Jeeps show up for the Easter Jeep Safari, a yearly rally arranged by the Red Rock 4-Wheelers club that involves driving the myriad paths threading the magnificent terracotta sandstone landscapes that welcome Moab.
Jeeps infest the Moab location at various other times, naturally, and almost each of those is a Wrangler, most of them with substantial suspension mods. So how many Renegade Deserthawks might we anticipate to see in Moab at the following Easter Jeep Safari? We predict it will certainly be around number such as no. But if the Renegade is viewed as heretical by the determined Jeepers, it stacks up well versus its affordable collection.
The Renegade was presented as a 2015 version as well as developed a brand-new collection of minimal measurements for non-Wrangler Jeeps. It's not all that far from the size of the Bantam Reconnaissance Car model that ultimately morphed right into the military Jeep, which as a prototype was called the Blitz Buggy by Bantam experts.
The Renegade is a unibody, front-wheel-drive layout with the choice of a full-time four-wheel-drive system. It can tow up to 2000 extra pounds, which could be a very good-size item of artillery. Yet in spite of the little World War II-- style celebrities-- and our examination instance's Deserthawk-exclusive Mojave Sand paint task-- the opportunities of seeing a Renegade in military service are nil.
As a matter of fact, this state-of-the-art design gives a relatively classy experience that's totally absent in armed forces automobiles, 1941 or currently. The Deserthawk commands a $1495 premium over a typical Trailhawk, as well as its sporty all-black interior is nicely assigned with helpful power front seats that feature natural leather strengthens as well as towel inserts with contrast sewing, a leather-wrapped wheel as well as shift knob, a 7.0-inch TFT information screen, a 5.0-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth and also satellite radio, and a six-speaker stereo.
Our test vehicle was made even posher with the $1245 Navigation Group (6.5-inch touchscreen with Uconnect as well as navigation) and also the $545 Cold Weather bundle (warmed front seats, warmed guiding wheel, and also a windshield-wiper de-icer). The $645 Safety as well as Security Group brought blind-spot monitoring and also back cross-traffic alert, yet the bundle cost just recently raised to $895 and added HID fronts lights; our Renegade was built before this packaging adjustment. The weird two-panel My Sky removable sunroof (which will be changed for 2018 by a more traditional power sunroof) completed the alternatives checklist at $1495. With a base MSRP of greater than $29,000, a Deserthawk is already at the top of the charts for this class, and at greater than $33K as checked it feels very expensive. The same money would place you in a much bigger, well-equipped Jeep Compass.
Stylish is not a term that enters your mind in connection with the Renegade's straight-line performance. There are two engine choices in the Renegade: a turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-four, which is offered only with a six-speed manual transmission, or a normally aspirated 2.4-liter four, the so-called Tigershark, paired with a nine-speed automated. The 2.4-liter 4, as well as the nine-speed combo, is the only powertrain offered in the Trailhawk (and also, therefore, the Deserthawk).
The Tigershark has an edge in peak horsepower, however, in this heftiest of little utes its drive doesn't bring to mind tigers, aquatic or earthbound. Although the engine is one of one of the most powerful in the section, trailing just the 201-hp Kia Soul Turbo, it's propelling the pudgiest car, at more than 3600 pounds in Deserthawk trim. This causes languid velocity: 10.3 seconds from zero to 60 miles per hour.
With the exception of the Soul Turbo, none in this course can be called fast, however, the Renegade is the slowest of the lot. And nobody will call it thrifty, either. It obtains 21 mpg city as well as 29 freeway according to the EPA, and also it returned simply 18 mpg in our hands.
In the exact same capillary, the mix of forwarding weight prejudice, high center of gravity, lofty ground clearance, and also moderate springtime rates amounts to lots of body motion, hesitant turn-in feedbacks, as well as determined understeer. The Renegade's guiding is relatively fast (2.8 turns lock-to-lock) and also surprisingly tactile, but that's not enough to earn this mini-ute helpful on the pavement.
However, this Renegade enters its very own when the sidewalk ends. With 8.7 inches of ground clearance, skid plates (for the front suspension, transmission, transfer instance, and also gas tank), four-wheel drive, and hill-descent control, the little Deserthawk could take on some pretty difficult terrain. You'll most likely never see one on the Rubicon Trail, however, the Renegade could go areas that would certainly leave its competitors high-centered, wheezing for breath, leaking oil, or worse.
There isn't much desert in southeast Michigan, but there are plenty of crushed rock roadways as well as forest tracks that challenged the Renegade's suspension and ground clearance. The skid plates just weren't evaluated a lot, however, we were thrilled with the suspension's capability to absorb ripped stretches and open craters.
Bottom line: There are cars in this category that could outperform the Renegade on pavement-- as well as for less money. Yet if real off-road effectiveness in a small plan is important, the Renegade is the subcompact SUV to obtain.
SpecificationsVEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback
PRICE AS TESTED: $33,415 (base price: $29,485)
ENGINE TYPE: SOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, port fuel injection
DISPLACEMENT: 144 cu in, 2360 cc
POWER: 180 hp @ 6400 rpm
TORQUE: 175 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 9-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
WHEELBASE: 101.2 in
LENGTH: 166.6 in
WIDTH: 74.2 in HEIGHT: 66.5 in
PASSENGER VOLUME: 98 cu ft
CARGO VOLUME: 19 cu ft
CURB WEIGHT: 3661 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 60 mph: 10.3 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 36.2 sec
Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 11.0 sec
Top gear, 30-50 mph: 5.2 sec
Top gear, 50-70 mph: 7.6 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 17.9 sec @ 78 mph
Top speed (redline limited): 116 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 195 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.72 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY:
Observed: 18 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 26 mpg
Highway range: 330 miles
EPA FUEL ECONOMY:
Combined/city/highway driving: 24/21/29 mpg