2021 Jeep Renegade FAQ Review
You might say the 2021 Jeep Renegade is true to its name because it certainly isn't a clone of the garden variety subcompact SUV. Oh, the Renegade is certainly cute enough to check that subcompact prerequisite box, but properly equipped, it will leave all the other cute-utes literally in the dust when taken off-road. Further, its exterior style, interior design, engine configurations, and even country of origin don't match the subcompact SUV stereotype.
Most other subcompact utilities are essentially tall econoboxes that are well-suited to commuting and consider a running stream as daunting as the Grand Canyon. Competitive models like the Hyundai Venue, Kia Soul, and Nissan Kicks eschew all-wheel drive (AWD) altogether, while others in the segment pay scant attention to anything resembling off-highway use. Why should they? Most of their owners are young urban or suburban singles whose most likely off-road foray is pulling into the gravel entrance of a drive-through specialty coffee stand.
Sure, the Renegade will get some head turns as it pulls into Java Joe, but it will also do a nice turn of rock-crawling or Overlanding. In fact, off the highway is where the Renegade is really in its element.
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