The 2018 Jeep Renegade off-road capabilities make it unique in subcompact SUV classes, especially the Trailhawk models. All-terrain tires, low-range four-wheel drive and increased ride height make it shine in the lineup if you are ready for an adventure. Even the trims that aren’t trail-oriented, from the cheapest Sport to Luxury Limited can handle rocky roads better than their rivals.
But the 2018 Renegade is not just for those who want to do outdoor activities. Except for the Trailhawk, this Jeep is really fun to drive down the road. This is one that stands out in this segment, whether you drive on asphalt or trudge through the mud.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Jeep Renegade is a five-passenger subcompact crossover SUV with greater off-road abilities than any other vehicle in the class. It available in four trim levels: Sport, Latitude, Trailhawk and Limited.
Standard equipment for the base Sport includes 16-inch steel wheels, remote locking and unlocking, manually adjustable mirrors, power windows and locks, push-button ignition, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a fold-flat front passenger seat, a height-adjustable driver seat, cloth upholstery, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a removable cargo floor panel, a driver information display, a rearview camera, a 5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker sound system with a USB port.
Three optional packages are available for the Renegade Sport. A Sport Appearance package adds alloy wheels, privacy glass and roof rails. The Power & Air Group package adds air conditioning, cruise control and heated, power-adjustable outside mirrors. The Uconnect 7.0 Group adds dual-zone automatic climate control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, a 7-inch touchscreen and satellite radio.
The 2018 Jeep Renegade Latitude include those three packages along with automatic headlights, ambient LED lighting, foglights, body-colored door handles and mirrors, an additional USB port and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Altitude package adds 18-inch wheels, black exterior styling elements, upgraded vinyl door trim and cloth upholstery.
The 2018 Jeep Renegade Limited adds keyless ignition and entry, dual exhaust tips, a windshield wiper de-icer, automatic wipers, silver roof rails, remote engine start, vinyl door trim, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an upgraded driver information display, a leather-wrapped shift knob, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat with four-way power lumbar, leather upholstery, a 115-volt household-style power outlet and a 40/20/40-split folding rear seat with a center pass-through.
The 2018 Jeep Renegade Limited Trailhawk gets all-terrain tires, 17-inch wheels, a raised suspension, four-wheel drive with low-range settings, underbody skid plates, hill descent control, a full-size spare, tow hooks, unique exterior and interior accents, upgraded cloth upholstery and all-season floor mats. It also includes some of the Limited upgrades such as automatic wipers, a leather-wrapped shift knob, an upgraded driver information display, vinyl door trim and 115-volt outlet.
Many features on the higher trims are available on lower models as option packages. The Safety & Security Group (Latitude and above) adds blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, automatic wipers and xenon headlights. The Advanced Technology Group (Latitude and Limited) adds rear parking sensors, automatic high-beam control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and mitigation. The Uconnect 8.4 NAV Group (Latitude and above) adds Uconnect 7.0 package content, an 8.4-inch touchscreen, a navigation system and HD radio.
All Renegades can be ordered with manually removable My Sky sunroofs. Except on the Sport model, the front sunroof can also be power-operated. A nine-speaker Beats premium audio system and tow package is also available for Latitude models and above, providing you opt for four-wheel drive.
The 2018 Jeep Renegade Sport and Latitude are powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. It paired exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission.
Optional for the Sport and Latitude and standard for Limited and Trailhawk is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. It is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Every 2018 Jeep Renegade can come with either front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive except the Trailhawk, which is 4WD only.
In performance testing, the 2018 Jeep Renegade Latitude with 2.4-liter engine and 4WD accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 9.4 seconds, which is average for a subcompact crossover SUV. The Renegade Trailhawk hit 60 mph in average 9.7 seconds.
EPA estimates fuel economy for the turbocharged 1.4-liter engine at 26 mpg combined (24 city/31 highway) in both front and four-wheel-drive configurations. The 2.4-liter engine with front-wheel drive rated at 25 mpg combined (22 city/30 highway) and the four-wheel-drive at 24 mpg combined (21 city/29 highway).
The 2018 Jeep Renegade 4WD have selectable drive modes for different terrains. The Trailhawk models get a more advanced 4WD system that enhanced low-speed off-road gearing and an extra drive mode. With the Trailer Tow package, the 2018 Renegade with 4WD and the 2.4-liter engine can tow up to 2,000 pounds.
Release Date and Price
Official pricing for the base Sport trim starts at $19,540 (prices include destination). The Latitude model carries a price tag of $22,940. The Trailhawk trim starts at $27,940 and comes with all-wheel drive only. The Limited trim is the range-topping model and costs $26,740.