It’s the 2017 Jeep Renegade Latitude “with Altitude package.” It’s confusing nomenclature, done largely for marketing. However it means you’ll pay $10,000 greater than the $23,495 base cost for that Latitude model.
It makes it worth while. Both Renegade Latitude and also the Latitude “with Altitude” range from employees of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the present manufacturer of the things Jeep, in Melfi, Italia.
Jeeps of all kinds, obviously, continue to be produced in the U . s . States. The Renegade lines are the creation and product of FCA, Jeep’s Italia-based owner, that also produces things Fiat.
So, FCA is definitely an automotive conglomerate with plants in lots of parts around the globe. I believe the Melfi plant is the greatest one. Here’s why: The Melfi people pay excruciating focus on detail, whatever the trim degree of the automobile involved. “Base” is nice “base,” well-made despite its reliance upon less costly materials. “Loaded,” featuring more costly wares, may be worth the cash — largely due to the way the Melfi workers managed to get.
The 2017 Jeep Renegade is really a situation in point. It’s relatively unchanged in the 2016 model year, aside from the confusing nomenclature. There basically are four trim models: Sport, Latitude, Altitude and Trailhawk. “Altitude” appears to possess displaced the prior “Limited” model. Good riddance. I’ve never understood the logic of sticking a “Limited” badge on vehicles which are offered in mass figures.
And also the Renegade line, like a group, continues to be selling well since its introduction in 2016. The Game, Latitude, and Altitude are offered with two-wheel and 4-wheel-drive. The Trailhawk, the main one you would like for those who have an authentic curiosity about off-roading, is available in four-wheel-drive only.
I drove the 4-wheel-drive Renegade Latitude “with Altitude package” with this column. It feels a lot more like a sedan than, say, a Jeep Wrangler. If you’re searching for that Wrangler experience, purchase a Wrangler.
The upgraded Renegade will give you most of the places a Wrangler will give you. But, please bear in mind that “many” isn’t “all ”— over rocks and logs and individuals types of things. The Renegade Trailhawk is the one which will give you nearest to that particular type of duty. Outfitted using the proper towing package, the Renegade Trailhawk may also tow as much as 2,000 pounds.
Comfort? The Renegade offers plenty of it — living room for that legs, arms and heads of front-seat passengers. Rear room is tighter, and luxury largely is determined by the girth from the passengers a slave to.
However the Jeep Renegade overall is really a welcome competitor within the crossover-utility arena which features the kind of the Honda CR-V, Chevrolet Trax, Ford Escape and Nissan Rogue. It’s put together through the same individuals who result in the well-made Fiat 500x crossover. I am unable to provide any greater praise than that.
Main point here: The Renegade is among individuals crossover-utility vehicles where “loaded” isn’t a bad or extravagant factor. You receive your money’s worth in quality, comfort, safety as well as on-road performance.
Ride, acceleration and handling: Best on-road feel and handling is incorporated in the two-wheel-drive models. The 4-wheel-drive Altitude felt a little bit shaky on-road. I didn’t drive away-road or tow anything.
Mind-turning quotient: It appears as though a Jeep around the outdoors — vertical grille with round headlights.
Engine/transmission: The upgraded Renegade, as employed for this column, was outfitted having a 2.4-liter, 16-valve in-line four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing (180-horsepower, 175 pound-ft of torque). The engine was associated with a rather reluctant nine-speed automatic transmission which might be shifted by hand.
Capacities: Seating is perfect for five people. Cargo space with all of seats up is eighteen.5 cubic ft. With seats lower, it’s 50.8 cubic ft. The gas tank holds 12.7 gallons of gasoline. Premium grade is suggested “for best performance.” I made use of 89-octane fuel, which labored fine.
Mileage: Marginal. I averaged 28 mpg in highway driving.
Safety: Standard equipment includes ventilated front disc and solid rear disc brakes four-wheel anti-lock brake protection publish-collision safety system stability and traction control and side and mind air bags.
Note: A complete suite of advanced electronic safety products — blind-side monitoring, lane-departure warning, etc. — can be obtained using the “Altitude package.” I suggest it.
Prices: The bottom Latitude cost is $23,495. The cost as tested is $32,990, including an believed $10,000 in options, mostly for that “Altitude package.” Jeep dealers are prepared to bargain.