2016 Texas Truck Rodeo:
Named Compact CUV of Texas
The Jeep Renegade has been around for a couple of years and has been marketed to millennials starting to make their own money. The Trailhawk is an offroad-oriented package that turns this compact crossover into an offroad hustler. When the Jeep rep told me I could drive the Renegade on the most difficult offroad course I had to double check to make sure I heard him correctly. The Renegade Trailhawk beamed – at least figuratively – with pride as it tackled the challenging offroad course alongside the Super Dutys and Power Wagons. I didn’t need to mash the throttle to get over a hill or throw out all the stops to slow it down. Jeep’s Down Hill Descent feature allows you to lay back and let the Renegade crawl down a steep hill without touching the brakes. Engaging low gears and locking diff is as easy as shifting into neutral and pushing a button. The Renegade lives up to the Jeep name as a true offroad capable crossover.
Powering the Renegade is a 2.4 liter four cylinder putting out 180 horsepower and 175 ft.lb of torque; it’s bolted to a 9-speed automatic transmission. It’s enough grunt for the Renegade to pull itself out, over, or across most terrain a Wrangler can. The one thing the Renegade does that other Jeeps can’t, is allow people to get in and out without having to climb in or crouch down into the driver seat; getting into the Renegade is as easy as sliding onto a bar stool. Price for the Renegade, in Trailhawk trim, starts at $27K and can be optioned out to the low $30’s.
This vehicle was driven during the 2016 Texas Truck Rodeo. For details and a list of awards and winners, check out our post HERE. The Renegade was named Compact CUV of Texas.
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