If you're looking for a small crossover SUV with some off-road capability, you may have discovered there are only a handful that really make the cut, one of which is the Jeep Renegade. We recently had the opportunity to check out the 2016 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk edition to see if it has the goods.
Ample Power
With a 2.4 liter inline 4-cylinder engine paired to a 9-speed automatic, the Renegade might not be able to tackle aggressive technical off-road duties, but in your average just-out-for-a-fun-Saturday type of situations, it does pretty well. The enhanced all-wheel-drive system sports low-range gearing, hill-descent control and terrain selection as standard features, which come in handy in bad weather or loose dirt. These are the kind of off-road features you won't find on every small SUV. Off-road ability is enhanced thanks to short overhangs and a slight suspension lift. In addition, the Trailhawk has 8.7 inches of ground clearance, which is about an inch more than other trim levels.
The Renegade Trailhawk is also equipped with other off-road friendly features such as tow hooks, just in case your adventure turns into a rescue mission, and skid plates to protect the Jeep's underside. The little Jeep can do a good bit of hauling, but towing maxes out at 2,000 pounds, so don't plan on anything larger than a small camper, boat or ATV.
Comfortable Interior
While the Renegade is on the small side, the interior feels fairly spacious. As long as you don't have someone that's super-tall up front, the back seat is pretty roomy. The available removable roof panels will run you about $1,500, but we don't think they're worth the trouble. As for space for your gear, the height-adjustable cargo floor and split rear seat make it easy to load up for a camping trip or a weekend tailgate. The Trailhawk proves that just because a car is tough doesn't mean it can't be comfortable. That being said, an available 8-way power driver's seat with lumbar control and a heated steering wheel are welcomed features.
Tech on Deck
When it comes to technology, the Trailhawk delivers the usual new-car offerings, but we found the mobile Wi-Fi and USB ports especially convenient on road trips and weekend camping trips. The rearview camera with cross-path detection comes in handy whether you're parking downtown or avoiding something on the trail. We especially appreciated the inclusion of rain-sensing wipers -- a surprisingly high-end touch for a subcompact SUV.
All in all, the 2016 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk is a solid choice if you're looking for a small crossover that's up for a little more off-road adventure than your average SUV.
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    • Gregg P
      Gregg P

      The 8-way power driver seat is fine when it is working. The FCA Italian SUV has a recurring power problem that prevents the use of the 8-way and lumbar functions.

      about 15 days ago
    • TDrew 3
      TDrew 3

      Great review!

      about 1 year ago
    • Autotrader
      Autotrader In reply to TDrew 3

      Thank you! 😁

      about 1 year ago
    • Michael Jordan
      Michael Jordan

      My Jeep has absolutely no power. Maybe it's a defective trailhawk

      about 1 year ago
    • Jay Yoon
      Jay Yoon

      I get 17 city 22 highway. 21 city 27 highway my ass.

      about 1 year ago
    • John Ehret
      John Ehret

      That's a great camera shot at the end of the video. well done!

      about 2 years ago
    • kuwait85

      It's not a jeep. It's a fiat 500 L. Not worthy of the jeep name.

      about 3 years ago
    • Trader Joseph
      Trader Joseph In reply to kuwait85

      @Rinifi Fiat: Fix It Again, Tony!

      about 5 months ago
    • Rinifi
      Rinifi In reply to kuwait85

      I own a FIAT 500L and it's a whole lot better car than your outdated muscle car.

      about 9 months ago
    • Kc Carr The Oregon Hillbilly Hilton
      Kc Carr The Oregon Hillbilly Hilton In reply to kuwait85

      kuwait85 you're a douchebag I've taken my Jeep Renegade places that you'd be scared

      about 1 year ago
    • Daniel Grey
      Daniel Grey In reply to kuwait85

      Do your research on it, It's still a Jeep. Just shares the underpinnings.

      about 3 years ago
    • Robert Hicks
      Robert Hicks

      This Jeep deserves more than two and a half minutes.

      about 3 years ago