2020 Jeep Renegade

2020 Jeep Renegade Review: Who Says Crossovers Can't Go Off-Road

The subcompact crossover market is jam-packed with posers that offer cutesy looks but no actual off-road capability. That's where the 2020 Jeep Renegade comes in. Still in its first generation and sharing its platform with the Fiat 500X, this little retro off-roader comes with Jeep's 'Trail-Rated' badge, which gives it the edge over competitors such as the Honda HR-V and Kia Seltos. Not only is this little CUV capable off the beaten track, but it also comes with a class-leading infotainment system. Unfortunately, the little Jeep is let down by its underwhelming choice of two gas-driven engines: the naturally aspirated 2.4-liter inline-4 produces 180 horsepower, and there's a 177-hp 1.3-liter turbo option too, but both fail to impress. It might have some off-road capability, but is that enough to win over fans in this highly competitive segment? A quick review of the 2020 Jeep Renegade should reveal all...

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2020 Jeep Renegade Changes: 🚙What's the difference vs 2019 Jeep Renegade?

For the 2020 model year, Jeep has bolstered the Renegade's list of available features. A new global telematics box module is now standard on all models, while a nine-speaker Kenwood audio system also becomes available. These additions are, however, subject to late availability.

On the Sport and Upland trims, the Safety and Security Group is now available and features the likes of blind-spot monitoring and rain-sensing wipers. On Latitude variants equipped with the 2.4-liter engine, the LED Lighting Group is available (with LEDs for the headlamps, fog lamps, and daytime running lights). The Advanced Tech Group bundles together forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, auto high-beam headlamps, and more and is now available on all Sport models, along with the Latitude trim (when specified with the 2.4L engine). The latter trim can now also be ordered with 19-inch wheels. The North Edition and High Altitude trims have been added to the range.

Pros and Cons

  • Rugged retro styling
  • It can capably go off-road
  • Brilliant Uconnect infotainment system
  • Expanded features
  • Practical cargo bay proportions
  • Lackluster engine options with poor fuel economy
  • Below-average safety ratings
  • Not the greatest driving position
  • Dimwitted transmission
  • Average reliability ratings

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2020 Jeep Renegade Trims and Prices

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Sport
2.4L Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$22,375
Jeepster
2.4L Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$22,375
Upland
2.4L Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$23,875
North Edition
2.4L Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$23,875
Orange Edition
2.4L Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$24,395

Renegade Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 166.6 in
  • Wheelbase 101.2 in
  • Height 66.5 in
  • Max Width 74.2 in
  • Front Width 60.6 in
  • Rear Width 60.6 in
  • Curb Weight 3,056.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Bikini Metallic Clearcoat
  • Glacier Metallic Clearcoat
  • Granite Crystal Metallic Clearcoat
  • Jetset Blue Clearcoat
  • Sting-Gray Clearcoat
  • Omaha Orange Clearcoat
  • Slate Blue Pearlcoat
  • Black Clearcoat
  • Colorado Red Clearcoat
  • Black Clearcoat
  • Alpine White Clearcoat
  • Brilliant Blue Metallic Clear Coat

Renegade Performance

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Engine and Transmission

There are two four-cylinder engine options on offer in the 2020 Jeep Renegade SUV in the USA. The first is a naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter Tigershark 4-cylinder gas engine producing 180 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. This engine has a severe lack of low-down torque, and you have to keep it way up in the rev range to coerce any serious performance. The turbo option produces 177 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque and delivers a much more convincing shove of power down low but is sorely let down by the 9-speed automatic transmission that also does duty in the 2.4-liter engine. Power is sent to a front-wheel drive system by default, but the 4-wheel drive option is the one that earns that Trail Rated badge.

  • Engines
    1.3L Turbo, 1.3L Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 2.4L Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmission
    9-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    4X4, FWD

Renegade Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    12.7 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 22/30 mpg
* 2020 Jeep Renegade Sport FWD

Renegade Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.2 in
  • Front Head Room 41.1 in
  • Rear Leg Room 35.1 in
  • Rear Head Room 40.5 in

Renegade Trunk and Cargo Space

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Renegade Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles

US NHTSA crash test result

  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Jeep Renegade a good SUV?

The subcompact SUV segment is filled to the brim with capable vehicles, but few to none offer the off-road capability of the 2020 Renegade, but only if you go for the hardcore Trailhawk version. This little off-roader's design is also one of its most appealing characteristics, and the competition fails to deliver anything that looks as retro or hardcore. Driver visibility is excellent, and we adore the Uconnect infotainment system, but that's about it. On the negative side, the Renegade fails to impress on the road with its overly soft suspension, its underwhelming engine options, and that terrible nine-speed automatic transmission. Cabin space is also tight, especially in the rear, and cargo space is limited. The interior quality is acceptable, however. Pricing is relatively competitive, but if you want the best version of this little Jeep, you're going to have to stretch for the $28,215 Trailhawk. That's the price for the 2020 Jeep Renegade SUV in its most impressive form, and you wouldn't really want anything else.

🚗What Jeep Renegade Model Should I Buy?

There are many options out there that offer better specs, economy, and safety, so it would not make sense to go for any of the road-focused models. Instead, we'd recommend the Trailhawk purely because of its true off-road capabilities compared to other cars in this class. The Trailhawk offers improved approach and departure angles thanks to some hardcore bumpers. It also gets a low-range transfer case and a towing capacity of up to 2,000 lbs. The Trailhawk does sacrifice some on-road comfort, but that's the knock you're going to have to take if you want the added capability.

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