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2017 Jeep Renegade Review

The 2017 Jeep Renegade has outstanding off-road handling, engines that can keep up with traffic, and a pleasant cabin with quality materials. However, the Renegade sits in the bottom third of the tightly packed subcompact SUV class because of its below-average predicted reliability score.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent off-road abilities
  • Upscale cabin
  • Lithe yet comfortable handling
  • Few standard features
  • Poor fuel economy compared to rivals

Rankings & Awards

The 2017 Jeep Renegade's #6 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. It was a finalist for our 2017 Best Subcompact SUV for the Money award and a finalist for our 2017 Best Subcompact SUV for Families award. Currently the Jeep Renegade has a score of 7.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 27 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 9.3
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2017 Jeep Renegade Overview

Is the 2017 Jeep Renegade a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 Renegade is a good subcompact SUV. It has the best off-road capabilities in the class when properly equipped, and it delivers a composed on-road ride. Fuel economy isn’t the best in the class, and you should avoid the bare-bones base model; it lacks even air conditioning. Still, there’s a lot to like about this versatile SUV overall.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 27 professional evaluations for this 2017 Jeep Renegade review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Jeep Renegade?

There are nearly 2,400 listings on our site for the 2017 Jeep Renegade. Prices start at $16,200 and top out at $22,500, with the average list price sitting at $18,600. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Jeep Renegade Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 Renegade are estimated to be $25,632. That’s well above average for the subcompact SUV segment.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Renegade?

The 2018 Jeep Renegade starts at $18,445 and climbs as high as $27,295. It has several advantages over the 2017 model, including newly standard features like a 5-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, and Bluetooth. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto also became available for 2018 for the first time.

For the price of a new Renegade, you can get an average-priced 2017 model. Though you won’t get the benefit of the new tech toys with a used 2017 model, you will still get a solid subcompact SUV. In all likelihood, off-road-minded buyers won’t miss these features, but commuters will probably be happier with the 2018 model.

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There are new-car options beyond the 2018 Renegade that you may want to consider as well. For about $1,000 more than the average price of a used 2017 Renegade, you can buy the highly ranked 2018 Hyundai Kona (MSRP $19,500). The Kona has a more comfortable cabin, is more fun to drive on-road than the Renegade, and has above-average predicted reliability. The Hyundai also has more standard features, like rear parking aid, a head up display, rain sensing wipers, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Granted, the Kona can’t go off-road and it has less cargo space than the Renegade, but it’s still a good choice if you want to buy new instead of used.

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Which Model Year of the Jeep Renegade Is Best?

Jeep introduced the Renegade for the 2015 model year. The only major change to the 2016 Renegade was the addition of an available Beats stereo system. The 2017 Renegade received no changes. If you’re not going to buy the new model, save money and select the 2015 Renegade.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Jeep Renegade?

The 2017 Renegade has a predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power. That’s below average for the industry as a whole.

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2017 Jeep Renegade Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Renegade has two open recalls. One is for a crack in the oil pump housing that may cause the engine to fail. The other is for an incorrect software combination that may trip a malfunction indicator light. Make sure the dealer fixes any open recalls before you buy a used Renegade.

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Which Used Jeep Renegade Model Is Right for Me?

There are five trim levels for the 2017 Renegade: Sport, Latitude, Limited, Trailhawk, and Deserthawk. The Sport trim is very basic, with cloth seats, a manual transmission, and no air conditioning. The Latitude adds air conditioning, plus features like a 5-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, and a rearview camera. The Limited gets a more powerful four-cylinder engine, as well as leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and remote start. This trim turns the Renegade into the most comfortable daily driver and is the best choice. If you plan to use your Renegade for serious off-roading, go with the Trailhawk. It adds a rugged off-road four-wheel-drive system, an increased ride height, skid plates, all-terrain tires, and tow hooks. The Deserthawk offers some cosmetic interior differences to the Trailhawk, as well as different wheels. Either is a strong choice for hitting the trails.

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What Does Jeep's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Jeep offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Jeep extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. Additional benefits are available, including a 90-day SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription, a CarFax vehicle history report, 24-hour towing and roadside assistance, and a car rental allowance. There are mileage and model restrictions, so read the Jeep warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Jeep has one of the worst CPO programs in the industry. Only Volkswagen offers a worse program.

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How Safe Is the Renegade?

The 2017 Jeep Renegade received four out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA gave the front-wheel-drive 2017 Renegade four stars in its frontal and rollover crash tests. The four-wheel-drive Renegade earned three stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Renegade the second-highest Acceptable rating in its small overlap front driver side crash test. The Renegade earned the top score of Good in its moderate overlap front, side, and roof strength crash tests.

There are no standard active safety features in the 2017 Renegade. A rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning are available.

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2017 Jeep Renegade Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Jeep Renegade or 2017 Jeep Wrangler?

The 2017 Jeep Wrangler is the better choice only if you seek hardcore off-road performance. Therefore, the 2017 Renegade a better daily driver. The Renegade demonstrates superior driving dynamics, has a smoother ride on pavement, and has more passenger space – despite its classification as a subcompact SUV. Interior quality is also better in the Renegade.

Which Is Better: 2017 Jeep Renegade or 2017 Mazda CX-3?

The 2017 Mazda CX-3 has none of the 2017 Renegade’s off-road abilities, but the Mazda is the better choice if you’re looking for a daily driver. The CX-3 has dynamic handling and a peppy turbocharged engine. It’s also better equipped, with features like a touch-screen infotainment system, a rearview camera, and voice-command activation. The CX-3 also has best-in-class fuel economy.

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2017 Renegade Performance

How Does the 2017 Jeep Renegade Drive?

The 2017 Renegade combines nimble handling with a comfortable ride. The ride gets a little stiffer when the Renegade is equipped for off-roading in Trailhawk or Deserthawk trims. These models have an increased ride height, skid plates, and Jeep's Active Drive Low full-time four-wheel-drive system with low-range gearing.

The base Jeep has a 160-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission. A 180-horsepower four-cylinder engine with a nine-speed automatic transmission is also available. Power is robust with either engine, and there’s enough oomph for easy highway passing. The manual transmission shifts well, but the automatic hunts for gears, which may delay power delivery. The Renegade comes standard with front-wheel drive, while four-wheel drive is available.

Does the 2017 Jeep Renegade Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2017 Renegade gets lower EPA fuel economy numbers than most rivals. The base turbocharged, four-cylinder engine gets 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, regardless of the transmission. The 180-horsepower four-cylinder engine paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission has a rating of 22/30 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive, and 21/29 mpg city/highway with four-wheel drive.

2017 Jeep Renegade Towing Capacity

Jeep does not recommend towing with the FWD 2017 Renegade. When properly equipped, four-wheel-drive Renegades can tow up to 2,000 pounds.

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2017 Renegade Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Renegade Seat?

The 2017 Renegade seats five on standard cloth upholstery. Available features include leather upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and heated front seats. Rear-seat legroom is tight, but headroom is fine in all seating positions.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Jeep Renegade?

The Renegade comes with two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the second-row outboard seats, plus a middle-seat tether anchor. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-lowest rating of Marginal. The IIHS said the tether anchors are in hard-to-find locations, it is difficult to maneuver around the anchors, and the anchors are buried too deep in the seat cushions.

2017 Jeep Renegade Features

Features are few in the base 2017 Renegade. It comes with only a four-speaker audio system, a USB port, and push-button start as standard. Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, a nine-speaker Beats premium audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, an additional USB port, a 5- or 6.5-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Bluetooth, and Jeep's Uconnect Access telematics system that delivers access to various apps and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

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2017 Jeep Renegade Dimensions

Jeep Renegade Cargo Space

The 2017 Jeep Renegade has 18.5 cubic feet of space behind the second row and 50.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. That is an average amount of space in the subcompact SUV segment.

2017 Renegade Length and Weight

The 2017 Jeep Renegade is 13.9 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,056 to 3,532 pounds, depending on the engine and drivetrain.

Where Was the 2017 Jeep Renegade Built?

Jeep built the 2017 Renegade in Italy.

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