The new addition to the subcompact sport utility vehicle is not topping the list as the most efficient model in the category, but its 30 mpg highway rating makes it a matching rival to other SUVs and crossovers that can’t match its off-road prowess.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency has certified the 2015 Renegade at a combined fuel economy of 25 miles per gallon (9.41 liters/100 km), allowing the brand to promote the new entry in the lineup as a model that achieves optimum equilibrium between fuel efficiency and off-road capabilities. The small SUV, already on sale in Europe and also produced in Italy next to its Fiat 500X sibling is getting ready for the sales start at home. Sitting below the iconic Wrangler model, the Renegade is catering for the rapid rise in importance of the subcompact segment. The Jeep offering won’t be the most fuel-minded crossover – it has a 30-mpg highway rating, comparable to the Kia Soul (30 mpg), Chevrolet Trax (34 mpg) or the equally new Honda HR-V (35 mpg). What all these models lack are Renegade’s abilities off the beaten path.
Jeep chief executive officer Mike Manley said they wanted the Renegade, besides as a range expanding asset, because they were convinced they “could produce…fantastic on road dynamics, great fuel economy, and yet still give you a true Jeep.” The EPA certified for a combined rating of 25 mpg (22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway) the 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine on the two-wheel drive Renegade. The off-road capable 4×4 Renegade was certified with the same engine at 21 mpg in the city, 29 mpg on the highway and with a combined rating of 24 mpg.