2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk 4×4 – Off Road And Track Review


Off-road and track testing the 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk 4×4. This is a small crossover from Jeep, featuring a 2.4L I4 producing 180 HP which I’ll be comparing to the Honda HR-V, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, and the Mazda CX-5. This also is this event’s overall winner, the Northwest Automotive Press Association’s Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year, as well as winning the CUV category. Starting with the drawbacks, the Jeep is fairly heavy, weighing just under 3600 lbs when there are certainly lighter small CUVs out there. It also has a high drag coefficient of 0.37. Combining these factors, even when matched with a 9 speed automatic transmission, fuel economy suffers as a result. With a combined rating of 24 mpg, it only tops the significantly more powerful Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. Rear legroom is also limited. Drawbacks aside, the Jeep packs a lot of value. The interior is very well done, it can tow up to 2000 lbs, and it has an enormous amount of off-road features and has 8.7 inches of ground clearance. It’s strong capabilities off-road made it the crowd favorite at this year’s event.

This vehicle was tested as part of the 2015 Northwest Automotive Press Association’s Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year competition. The vehicle category and competing vehicles are below:

Compact Utility Vehicles:
2016 Honda HR-V –
2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk –
2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport –
2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport –
2016 Mazda CX-5 –

Family Utility Vehicles: (Released May 26)
2015 Ford Edge –
2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk –
2016 Kia Sorento –
2015 Nissan Murano –
2015 Subaru Outback –

Premium Compact Utility Vehicles: (Released May 27)
2015 Buick Encore –
2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport –
2015 Lexus NX200t F Sport –
2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 –
2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country –

Premium Utility Vehicles: (Released May 28)
2016 Acura MDX –
2015 BMW X5 M –
2015 BMW X6 M –
2015 Cadillac Escalade –
2015 Mercedes ML400 –
2015 Volkswagen Touareg TDI –

Pickups: (Released May 29)
2015 Ford F-150 –
2015 GMC Canyon –
2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel –
2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro –

Extreme Capability Vehicles: (Released May 30)
2015 Ram Power Wagon –
2015 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro –

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2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk 4×4 – Off Road And Track Review

35 Comments on “2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk 4×4 – Off Road And Track Review”

  1. Why the hell are You calling dirty water – “mud”? This car, even if not real Jeep pretends to be something more (better offroad capabilities) than all these x-trails, CR-V’s and RAV4, because of low gear, diff locks etc… But U test it in conditions, which my X-Trail can manage without big problems with 4×4 mode OFF… So sad to see such “tests”.

  2. You are a car guy. You said Hyundai as (Hyun-dye) instead of….rhymes with SUNDAY. It’s pronounced Hyun-Day!Back in the 1980’s the Hyundai dealerships corrected people and on YouTube and Google there are pronunciations so you can say it right. Please in FUTURE  vids you say the car manufacture correctly. It’s embarrassing that you don’t know.TIA!

  3. so like yea.. this thing has like 4 wheel drive. you just like turn that knob. yup… those are going to be the owners who think they’re getting a jeep

  4. I like how she said we are not going to do the other puddle @5:42 Clear reason why Subaru did their press even for the Crosstrek in Iceland while Jeep did a trail with a hill and a few puddles.

  5. whats the difference between Trailhawk and longitude? can anyone tell if its only ground clearance?

  6. Good review on a pussified, neutered vehicle designed for man bun wearing, mustache wielding, sissies. Seriously, a lowered 1964 impala on 100 spoke pinner wheels could make it through that “offroad course” without scuffing a rim.

  7. I don’t even like the Renegade but people that own them seem to like it so much when I see them drive by.

  8. I just spent 5 days in one of these in Death Valley. Driving on the
    highway to the park revealed a tall vehicle with a relativity narrow
    track that didn’t encourage anything over moderate corning speeds. The
    2.4 engine seemed to designed with NVH (noise,vibration & harshness)
    to encourage people to opt for the V-6 on Jeep’s larger offerings. The
    seats are not comfortable on a long trip and NEED a lumbar adjustment
    like the Latitude model has. The automatic transmission occasionally
    left us flat footed for long moments after pressing on the gas pedal.
    However, on the Jeep trails and dirt roads the little guy earned it’s
    nick name: MIGHTY MOUSE! Its off-road capabilities at a low price are
    the reasons to purchase one of these. Rather then compare it to other small crossovers,
    think of it as a cheaper and more comfortable alternative to a Wrangler
    for moderate trails.

  9. No disrespect to the Renegade but I have a stock 2016 Jeep Patriot with the freedom drive 1 4×4 /awd system and i’ve gone through much tougher off road terrain than this

  10. Right out of the gate, so much opinion on the stats by the narrator. Why is 3600 LBs heavy for this class of vehicles??? There are lighter in the class out there… There are also much heavier. Why is 24 combined MPG bad for the class??? Drag coefficient? Got it. Super “save the planet hippies”, I suppose. Leave your sissy politics out of it and show the stats without commentary, you get to commentate on the vehicle plenty.

  11. That’s actually impressive offroad for such a low little suv (barely can be called an suv). But I always thought these were city machines while on the road seeing them.

  12. You guys in USA, you need to stop using gasoline engines on SUVs. You need to start using diesel. You are losing so much torque which you can get from even smaller engines. The 2.0lt diesel engine in Renegade has 350Nm of torque, much more than the 2.4lt gasoline with 232Nm. With diesel engines you are winning in torque and in fuel consumption.

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