Tag: The 2018 Jeep Renegade is a compact crossover that stretches what we thought we knew about Jeep. The small trucklet is the smallest Jeep sold since the last world war

The 2018 Jeep Renegade mounts a spirited defense of its brand bona fides, but delivers a less convincing impression of a great economy car.

The 2018 Jeep Renegade is a compact crossover that stretches what we thought we knew about Jeep.

The small trucklet is the smallest Jeep sold since the last world war, with a turbo-4 engine, touchscreen, and funky details. It still scrambles up hills and trails, but we’re not fans of its rear-seat space or its thrummy, underperforming engines. We like it enough in any of its trim levels—Sport, Latitude, Limited, or Trailhawk—to give a 5.5 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

With its slab-sided, upright style, the Renegade weaves Jeep heritage into every body panel. The seven-slot grille and round headlights look more Jeep than does anything on the next-class-bigger Cherokee, and the details bring the look home. The “X” shape in the taillights? It’s a throwback to stampings on WWII-era fuel cans. Inside, the Renegade toughens up the usual economy-car shapes, puts big round knobs where they’re useful, and brightens things up with lovely textures and color choices.