What’s good about the 2020 Jeep Renegade?
One of the key positives about this year’s model of their subcompact crossover SUV is that it comes at a price point the is among the most affordable for those looking to enter into the Jeep arena.
With three different configurations (the Sport, Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk) the lower price point is at about $22,375 with a entry cost of about $27,795 for the higher end. Another great benefit is that the Trailhawk configuration of the Renegade offers 4-wheel drive with the lower range version.
The latter models are “Trail Rated” and also feature Jeep’s Active Drive Low four-wheel drive system. A 20mm lift kit is able to raise it high off of the ground for both looks and utility. It has a rugged and stylish design that makes it small and easy to maneuver no matter the road.
What’s bad about it?
While it is the second least expensive in the Jeep lineup, it is still a bit higher priced than other competitor models. Also, there are numerous active safety systems that add to the price for those looking to maintain the highest degree of security.
One of these is a forward collision warning (FCW) system that measures a myriad of metrics in order to determine when the driver may be approaching too fast or close to a vehicle ahead in order to provide an alert.
Another one of these is the automatic emergency braking which can use the FCW in order to determine if a collision is imminent and then provide the brakes as necessary to either slow down or even bring it to a complete stop if required.
One of the other negative features is that all of the line comes with a 9-speed automatic transmission which can be hesitant, and there is not an available choice of a manual transmission or any other type.
What do experts say about the 2020 Jeep Renegade?
Experts, like those at Kelley Blue Book, agree that it is an ideal selection for anyone who plans to spend some time off-road. However, they are recommending something a little larger and substantial if the commutes are going to be longer and mostly highway-based.
That would mean perhaps a Compass or Cherokee if that is the case and you want to stay with that make, or maybe a Subaru Crosstek for other variety. The base 2.4-liter 4-cylinder has 180 horsepower which keeps the Renegade strong as far as crossover utility vehicles are concerned.
The heavier chassis will slow things down some though comparatively. There is a higher end option with 1.3-liter 4-cyclinder engine with 210 lb-ft of torque and 177 hp. The 2020 brings it to a more modern level than in the past, and that has some experts seeing it as more acceptable.
The resale value is expected to be less than some of the competing models, but it still might be an ideal choice now for those who like the look and interior.
Maybe you should wait for the upcoming 2021 Jeep Renegade?