Few places in Detroit have a richer history than Eastern Market, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. This area near the city’s downtown district serves up some of Michigan’s best cultural experiences, from live jazz to art studios to the best collection of fresh food vendors you’ll find anywhere. But for years, it has also served as a canvas for street graffiti and mural artists, highlighting everything from local businesses to Detroit’s strong African American roots. In fact, the walls have become a huge part of the area’s unique appeal. So they seemed like a fitting backdrop to highlight some of the unique features of the 2016 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, especially when we were handed the keys to this Solar Yellow model to wheel around town.
One of the newest additions to the Jeep line-up, the Renegade Trailhawk features many of the iconic styling elements of the Wrangler, like the signature seven-slot grille and body-color windshield, but in a more compact package.
The Trailhawk is one of four different trims offered on the Jeep Renegade. The others include the Sport model, the Latitude and the Limited model.
Available in two engine options (a 2.4-liter and a 1.4-liter turbo engine), the Jeep Renegade gets up to 31 miles per gallon on the highway.
The Renegade’s face has a 30.5-degree approach, 25.7-degree breakover and 34.3-degree departure angles, making it a bona fide off-roader if you’re up for more daring adventures than city driving.
Despite its compact size, the Jeep Renegade is surprisingly roomy inside.
The Renegade comes with a number of features typically limited to premium SUVs, like the Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system as well as the segment’s largest full-color instrument cluster.
Although the Renegade doesn’t give you the full freedom of a Wrangler with the ability to go completely topless, the My Sky open-air roof with removable panels provides a pretty cool top-down-like experience.
The 2016 Jeep Renegade is available with up to 70 safety and security features, including the segment’s first availability of Forward Collision Warning-Plus and Lane Sense Departure Warning-Plus.
Like the diversity of the murals in Detroit’s Eastern Market area, the Renegade represents one of Jeep’s most diverse consumer bases to date, with the vehicle being sold in more than 100 countries. This speaks volumes to how the nameplate has grown 75 years after its birth.
The Renegade touts the best-in-class 4x4 Trail Rated capability with a class-exclusive feature called Jeep Active Drive Low, which includes Jeep’s Selec-Terrain system—a range of driving modes including Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud, as well as an exclusive Rock mode on the Trailhawk model.
Not only does the Renegade live up to the off-road capabilities long associated with Jeep, it also packs a decent punch when it comes to towing, with the ability to pull up to 2,000 pounds when equipped with the 2.4-liter Tigershark engine and available tow package.
Adding to the Renegade Traihawk’s appeal are unique 17-inch wheels that give the Jeep a more aggressive stance for a compact SUV.
Pricing for the Renegade ranges from $18,000 for the Sport model to $26,500 base for the Trailhawk. With nearly $4,000 in options, the Trailhawk model tested capped out at $31,400. That’s not exactly cheap, but not too expensive if you’re looking for an outstanding compact vehicle loaded with cool amenities. —Photo Credit: Marcus Amick