Buyer's Guide

2022 Jeep Renegade
Select a Different Model (7 Available): Altitude 4WD
Fuel Economy $ 23 / 29 mpg
Cargo (Std/Max) 19/51 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 5/5
Horsepower 177@5,750
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2022 Jeep Renegade MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Intuitive infotainment
  • Off-road capability
  • Recognizable styling

Cons

  • Unrefined powertrain
  • Unimpressive fuel economy
  • Cheap-feeling interior

The Renegade is Jeep's aging entry in the subcompact SUV segment. Jeep introduced the model on the same platform as the Fiat 500X back in 2015, and although it has received infotainment revisions and an updated turbocharged engine, the pint-sized Jeep is largely unchanged. The tiny Jeeplet competes with other entry-level SUVs including the Subaru Crosstrek, Ford Bronco Sport, and Kia Seltos.

What's New

  • Turbocharged 1.3-liter engine is now standard (2.4-liter engine is no longer available)
  • Altitude package includes gloss black badging, grille rings, rear valence and DLR/turn bezels, gloss black exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals, 18-inch gloss black wheels, deluxe cloth or leather-trimmed seats with Ski Grey accent stitching, gloss black interior accents, and black headliner
  • Standard 8.4-inch touchscreen display with GPS navigation now included on Sport and Latitude models
  • New unique front grille, foglamps, mirror caps, rear valance, and 18-inch wheels on Limited model
  • Premium cabin air filter standard on all trims

What We Think

The Renegade's greatest strength is its off-road capability in Trailhawk guise. With that variant's Active Drive Low 4x4 system, 8.7 inches of ground clearance, and underbody skidplates, it's surprisingly trail-ready. That said, even the standard Renegade's AWD system provides confident traction. We're fans of the intuitively laid-out infotainment system, too. Styling is another strong point, at least for folks who like the Jeep aesthetic. 

Unfortunately, that's where the Renegade's positive attributes run out. Evaluating a Renegade Limited, the endless cutesy Easter eggs felt like a poor attempt to distract from the subcompact Jeep's poor interior packaging; the interior is more cramped than most competitors. Performance is underwhelming with either engine, too, and we've called out the SUV for sloppy handling.

As a package, the Renegade just falls behind compared to its competition. Buyers who plan to stick to pavement will be better served by a Kia Soul or Subaru Crosstrek, and for those seeking off-road prowess in a less compromised package, go for a Ford Bronco Sport.

Performance and Efficiency

Jeep's 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is now the only engine option, delivering 177 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque. Testing an AWD-only Renegade Trailhawk, it took 8.9 seconds to scoot up to 60 mph. Fuel economy numbers read 22-24/27-32 mpg (2021 figures).

Safety Ratings and Features

The Renegade only earns a four-star (out of five) overall safety rating from the NHTSA. Crashworthiness ratings from the IIHS are decent, with only the small overlap front passenger-side test resulting in a less-than-perfect Acceptable rating, but the headlights are rated as Acceptable, Marginal, or Poor. There are certainly safer SUVs in the segment.

Jeep also includes a handful of driver assist active safety features on every Renegade. Standard features include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and (not including the Trailhawk model) forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. 

Cargo Space and Interior Room

The Renegade offers a reasonable amount of space inside for a subcompact SUV, but compared to a segment leader like the Subaru Crosstrek, the pint-sized Jeep fails to impress.

Legroom (front/rear) Cargo Space (seats up/down)
2022 Jeep Renegade 41.2/35.1 inches 18.4/50.8 cubic feet
2022 Subaru Crosstrek 43.1/36.5 inches 20.8/55.3 cubic feet

Technology

Good news for Renegade buyers: New for 2022, all models include the larger 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment display. Last year's base system was a 7.0-inch setup, and before that Renegades made do with a tiny 5.0-inch unit. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as is a six-speaker audio system. A nine-speaker Kenwood audio system is optionally available.

Is the Renegade Good Off-Road?

If you want to go off-roading in a Renegade, your best bet will be to buy a Renegade Trailhawk. The top-spec model comes standard with AWD, plus a "low-range" setting, hill descent control, and red exterior accents. On the trail, we noticed confident stability, decent articulation, and plenty of traction.

Recommended Trim

We wouldn't strongly recommend any variant of the Renegade unless you only want to buy a Jeep and are looking for a subcompact. Our thoughts are, if you're going for a Renegade, you might as well get the one that best aligns with Jeep's off-road heritage and splurge for the Trailhawk.

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2022 JEEP RENEGADE SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 1.3 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, 9 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (948TE)
Trim
Altitude 4WD
Class
Subcompact Utility
Horsepower
177@5,750
Standard MPG
23/29
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
4WD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
36
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60,000
Full Warranty Miles
36,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
60,000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated