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Rankings & Research

The 2019 Jeep Renegade ranked #9 in Subcompact SUVs. Currently the Jeep Renegade has a score of 6.9 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 29 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 7.0
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 8.8 for safety is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
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2019 Jeep Renegade Review

The 2019 Jeep Renegade is capable and reasonably athletic, but its sluggish transmission and below-average predicted reliability rating keep it relegated to the bottom half of our subcompact SUV rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Class-leading off-road capability
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Smooth ride
  • Rivals have more standard features
  • Underwhelming, inefficient base engine
  • Unresponsive transmission
  • Below-average predicted reliability rating

New for 2019

  • Available turbocharged engine
  • Adaptive cruise control, front parking sensors, and parallel and perpendicular park assist now available
  • Updated styling

Is the Jeep Renegade a Good SUV?

The Jeep Renegade is at its best as an off-road vehicle. To its credit, it also handles well on the road, delivering a smooth ride. Inside, the cabin has some attractive materials, the front seats are comfortable, and the infotainment system is intuitive. However, the Renegade comes up short in several areas. Its engines are a bit tepid, and the transmission is unresponsive. On top of that, several other subcompact SUVs are thriftier, have more standard tech features, or have better predicted reliability ratings.

Should I Buy the Jeep Renegade?

The Renegade is the clear choice in this class for outdoor adventurers, and it's a solid choice for those who want a comfortable daily driver. However, there are some interesting alternatives out there that merit a look as well, including the Jeep Compass and the Subaru Crosstrek.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Jeep Renegade?

The 2019 Renegade belongs to a generation that began with the 2015 model year. This year's model gets an updated engine lineup. The formerly available 2.4-liter engine is now standard, and a brand-new 1.3-liter turbo-four is available. New available features for 2019 include adaptive cruise control, front parking sensors, and parallel and perpendicular park assist. A manual transmission is no longer available in the Renegade.

For 2018, a 5-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, and Bluetooth became standard in the Renegade, while Android Auto and Apple CarPlay became available for the first time. There weren't many notable changes to the Renegade between the 2015 and 2017 model years.

You can potentially save thousands of dollars by buying a used Renegade, though you'll miss out on any recent updates. To do more research on used Renegade models, check out our reviews of the 2017 and 2018 Jeep Renegade. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current Renegade generation, which runs from 2015 to 2019.

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How Much Does the Jeep Renegade Cost?

The Renegade's base price is about $22,300. That's one of the higher starting prices in the class. The most expensive Renegade trim is the High Altitude, which starts at around $28,600. Many subcompact SUVs' top trims carry a similar price tag.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Jeep dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Jeep deals page.

Jeep Renegade Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Jeep Renegade or Jeep Compass?

In terms of performance, the Jeep Compass closely mirrors the Renegade. Both vehicles have excellent off-road capability and both feature the same base engine – though unlike the Renegade, it's the Compass' only available engine. The Renegade feels more agile on pavement, but the Compass provides more passenger and cargo space (as you'd expect, given that it's a compact SUV). It has a few more standard features too. At the end of the day, these two are close, but the Compass' extra room and technology give it the edge.

Which Is Better: Jeep Renegade or Subaru Crosstrek?

The Subaru Crosstrek finishes a little higher than the Renegade in our subcompact SUV rankings. Though the Renegade is a superior off-roader, the Crosstrek can hold its own off the beaten path, and it comes standard with all-wheel drive. While the Crosstrek has a weaker engine, it's also more fuel-efficient. Additionally, the Subaru is more upscale than the Jeep, and it has two adult-friendly rows of seats, a larger cargo hold, more standard features, and a better predicted reliability rating. Unless you need the Renegade's superior off-road ability, the Crosstrek is the better choice.

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Renegade Interior

How Many People Does the Renegade Seat?

This Jeep SUV seats five people. There is ample headroom in both rows of seats. Legroom in the first row is generous, though it's more limited in the rear. The seats are comfortable but on the firm side. The Renegade provides excellent front and rear visibility.

Renegade and Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the Renegade's outboard rear seats and an additional tether anchor for the middle seat. The hardware earns the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Renegade Interior Quality

The Renegade doesn't look or feel cheap inside, but it has a few more hard plastics than you'll find in the most upscale cabins in the class. Still, this Jeep's interior looks and feels good overall.

Renegade Cargo Space

This Jeep has a typical amount of cargo space for the class: 18.5 cubic feet of room behind the rear seats. That's space for a cooler and some beach chairs or the family's vacation luggage. Fold down the rear seats, and you get 50.8 cubic feet of space.

Renegade Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include the Uconnect infotainment system with a 5-inch display, a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, and Bluetooth. Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, and an upgraded Uconnect system with a 7- or 8.4-inch touch screen, navigation, a nine-speaker Beats audio system, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

The Renegade's Uconnect infotainment system is one of the most user-friendly systems on the market. It responds quickly to inputs, and its menus have an intuitive structure. Most physical controls are logically arranged, though some climate controls are mounted low on the center stack and hard to see, making them a potential distraction if you want to adjust settings while driving.

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Renegade Performance

Renegade Engine: The Flies in the Ointment

The available 177-horsepower turbo-four engine is new for 2019 and punchier than the uninspiring 180-horsepower base engine thanks to its extra 25 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are held back by the nine-speed automatic transmission. It's unresponsive, which makes it difficult to execute highway passing and merging maneuvers.

Renegade Gas Mileage: Disappointing

The Renegade is one of the least fuel-efficient vehicles in the class, earning 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway with the base engine. Rivals like the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3 will each save you about $250 per year in gas money compared to the Renegade.

Renegade Ride and Handling: Comfortable and Reasonably Agile

The Renegade makes for a comfortable daily commuter and provides a smooth ride over uneven pavement. The off-road-oriented Trailhawk trim rides a little rougher, however. This Jeep is also reasonably athletic, and there's little body roll around corners.

Renegade Off-Road Performance

No other subcompact SUV can handle tough terrain like the Renegade can. This is especially true of the Trailhawk model, which comes with a litany of off-road-oriented features, including low-range gearing, increased ground clearance, skid plates, and all-terrain tires. If you want to go adventuring in a small SUV, the Renegade is for you.

Renegade Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, this Jeep can tow up to 2,000 pounds.

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Renegade Reliability

Is the Jeep Renegade Reliable?

The 2019 Renegade has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Jeep Renegade Warranty

Jeep covers the Renegade with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Renegade Safety

Renegade Crash Test Results

As of this writing, the 2019 Renegade has not been crash-tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It earned four out of five stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's frontal crash and rollover tests.

Renegade Safety Features

A rearview camera comes standard. Available active safety features include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors, parallel and perpendicular park assist, and automatic high beams.

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Jeep Renegade Dimensions and Weight

The 2019 Renegade is 13 feet, 10.6 inches long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,170 to 3,532 pounds.

Where is the 2019 Jeep Renegade Built?

Jeep builds the Renegade in Italy.

Which Jeep Renegade Model Is Right for Me?

There are six Renegade trims: Sport, Latitude, Altitude, Limited, Trailhawk, and High Altitude. The base trim doesn't come with many standard features, and it doesn't offer many options, so it's not a great choice for most buyers. Instead, look to the Latitude trim, which is the lowest trim to offer most of the Renegade's features. With it, you can pick and choose your option packages, so you're only paying for the stuff you want.

Jeep Renegade Sport

The Renegade Sport carries a base price of $22,275. It comes with a 180-horsepower four-cylinder engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. Standard features include cloth upholstery, a rearview camera, and the Uconnect infotainment system with a 5-inch display, a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, and Bluetooth.

The Power and Air Group adds cruise control, air conditioning, and heated, power-adjustable side mirrors. The Uconnect 7.0 Group comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, a 7-inch touch screen, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration.

For $1,500, you can add four-wheel drive to this and any trim other than the Trailhawk, which has it standard.

Jeep Renegade Latitude

The Renegade Latitude starts at $24,125. In addition to the base trim's features, the Latitude comes with dual-zone automatic climate control and an upgraded Uconnect system with a 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, an additional USB port, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

The Uconnect 8.4 NAV Group comes with HD Radio, an 8.4-inch touch screen, and navigation. The Safety and Security Group includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rain-sensing wipers, and a security alarm. The Cold Weather Group adds heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

The Advanced Technology Group adds adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, active lane keep assist, front and rear parking sensors, parallel and perpendicular park assist, and automatic high beams.

Jeep Renegade Limited

The Renegade Limited has a starting price of $26,645. It comes with a 177-horsepower turbo-four engine. Its standard features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and remote start.

The Uconnect 8.4 NAV Group, Safety and Security Group, and Advanced Technology Group are all available.

Jeep Renegade Trailhawk

The off-road-oriented Renegade Trailhawk starts at $27,795. It has the same features as the Latitude trim along with upgrades that improve off-road performance. These upgrades include an increased ride height, skid plates, all-terrain tires, tow hooks, terrain select, and full-time four-wheel drive with low-range gearing.

The Uconnect 8.4 NAV Group, Safety and Security Group, and Cold Weather Group are all available.

Jeep Renegade High Altitude

The range-topping Renegade High Altitude has a starting price of $28,640. It comes with the upgraded Uconnect system with an 8.4-inch touch screen and navigation. You can add the Safety and Security group as well.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Jeep dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Jeep deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Jeep Renegade is an intriguing small SUV. This crossover provides a comfortable interior, easy-to-use features, and off-road ability unmatched by any class competitor. Some rivals are quicker and more efficient, and several are more well-rounded (hence the Renegade's middle placement in our subcompact SUV rankings). Still, this Jeep has personality, and it's worth a look from subcompact SUV shoppers.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "It's easy to find faults with the 2019 Jeep Renegade. However, it's also easy to fall in love with it. … is the Renegade the most sensible choice? No, most competitors are better all-rounders. But if you're thinking with your heart, it'll probably be hard to say no to this baby Jeep." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2019 Jeep Renegade is now one of many subcompact SUVs, but it was once a pioneer that helped spur this fast-growing segment. However, despite the increased competition, the smallest Jeep remains the most off-road capable, and arguably the most characterful of the group. From its many quirky design touches and unique My Sky removable roof panels to its Selec-Terrain traction settings and go-anywhere Trailhawk trim, the Renegade offers things its competitors do not." -- Autotrader
  • "If you're looking for an affordable compact SUV that doesn't just look rugged and ready for action but actually is, you'll like the 2018 Jeep Renegade. Unlike many in this class, the Jeep Renegade seeks adventure. It's up for more than a run to Costco and the mall; it likes to get dirty and it doesn't want to stay inside when it's snowing." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)


Expert Advice

Last Updated: July 18, 2019

Slowing Sales: The Jeep Renegade currently sits in the upper half of the subcompact SUV sales race, with the class leading Subaru Crosstrek outselling it by over 62%. Renegade sales have decreased this year by 28.6% compared to the same period in 2018.

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