Need a Fun Fall Off-Roading Vehicle? The 2016 Jeep Renegade is your Choice

September 28th, 2016 by

Looking for a fun and festive off-road vehicle for fall? Well then, the 2016 Jeep Renegade in Keene, NH is the vehicle for you! Why? Multiple reasons! Apart from the starting MSRP, which is extremely affordable, the Renegade also features the fun design (on the inside and out) that you’re looking for. Part of that whimsical flair includes bright and shiny exterior colors, and vibrant color schemes for the interior. It also has best-in-class 4×4 capability for a small SUV, and is home to the Uconnect 6.0 NAV screen – a touchscreen that has plenty of fun and useful features for your off-road adventures, including the ability to connect to a premium sound system.

With a hard top and an optional dual-panel sunroof available, the Renegade is the perfect modern choice for the chilly fall days that are ahead. Because before you know it, it’s going to be a little too cold to have the top of a vehicle down when maneuvering through the woodland trails.

A Fun Design – Inside and Out

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The fun design isn’t just limited to its color choices, but also in the engineering choices that were made. It’s a smaller vehicle, which automatically makes it fun and hip according to the unspoken law of 2016. It also takes a different approach than any other Jeep we’ve ever seen before when it comes to the shape of the vehicle. It’s still boxy, but instead of having rigid edges, they are softer since they’re rounded. The result is a vehicle that initially looks rugged, thanks to the Jeep badging, but on closer inspection it’s clear this vehicle is meant to be more fun than serious. The unique X-shaped tail lights also help portray it’s fun nature when viewed from the back, along with entertaining exterior colors like Solar Yellow, Colorado Red, Omaha Orange, Jetset Blue, and five others.

On the inside, the fun is expressed by the shape, textures, and materials used in the cabin. More importantly, the various color schemes help portray the nature of this vehicle. You can get some pretty unique color combinations, like Bark Brown/Ski Gray with Tangerine Orange accents, Black with Light Frost accent stitching, Black/Sandstorm with cattle tan accent stitching, or even Black with Ruby Red accents. As far upholstery goes, it can either be had in cloth, premium cloth, or leather trim. All of which are comfortable enough for off-road travel, and durable enough to handle any dirt or mud that might get in the cabin.

Best-in-Class Off-Road Performance

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But, the comfort of the vehicle means nothing unless it’s able to adequately perform off-road. Which is why Jeep made sure the Renegade Trailhawk trim landed the best-in-class 4×4 capability in this particular segment.

The Trail Rated badge branding the Renegade is more than just empty bragging. Jeep takes each and every one of their vehicles out onto the Rubicon trail to put them to the ultimate test. For those who don’t know, the Rubicon trail is regarded as one of the most difficult — if not the most difficult — trails in the nation. It has every type of off-road challenge imaginable, such as rocks, mud, steep grades, dirt, and even sand. If a vehicle does make it effectively through the trail without breaking or damaging anything, then it gets its badge.

Apart from having the legendary engineering that gives all Jeep models such exceptional off-road performance, what else allows the Renegade Trailhawk to land best-in-class 4×4 capability?

Unique to the Trailhawk trim, Jeep Active Drive Low 4×4 System comes standard. This system provides the Jeep with a rear axle disconnect system that seamlessly switches between two and four-wheel drive to increase efficiency when 4×4 capability isn’t needed. A 20:1 crawl ratio provides more control when off-roading at lower speeds.

The Selec-Terrain System is also on board all Renegade models, and provides a modern and easy way to fine-tune the traction settings based on the road condition. Every Renegade model comes with Auto, Snow, Sand, and Mud settings, while the Rock setting is exclusive to the Trailhawk trim for more serious off-roading situations.

Obviously, a proper engine and transmission are both needed in order to provide capable and reliable off-road performance. Therefore, Jeep outfitted the Renegade Trailhawk with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission, which allows plenty of gears for the torque to smoothly transition between. The fuel economy is decent enough for a 4×4 vehicle, which is 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. So even if you need it as a daily drive along with an off-roader, then you won’t suffer at the pump.

Uconnect 6.5 NAV

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Unlike Jeeps from a decade ago, the 2016 Renegade is loaded with plenty of technology features to keep you entertained, safe, and help you out. The Uconnect 6.5 NAV is the center of attention inside the cabin, mainly because it’s a 6.5-inch touchscreen that has good user-intuitiveness. It’s loaded with plenty of features, including the basics, such as: AM/FM radio, Aux/USB media hub for iPod or mobile device integration, along with an integrated center stack that has audio controls. If you aren’t satisfied with an iPod or basic radio, then SiriusXM Satellite Radio with over 160 channels will help curb your musical appetite. A sensor-assisted GPS is tagged on (GPS navigation) to help you find your way out of the woods if you get turned around on a trail, or can’t find the location of that next business meeting you need to go to.

While there are two lesser-variants of the Uconnect system, the 6.5 NAV is certainly worth the extra money, thanks to all of its extra features.

A hip design, comfortable interior, powerful 4×4 capability, and a Uconnect system that does everything and anything. Sounds like an ideal off-road vehicle for the impending fall weather. 

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