Full-size, body-on-frame SUV’s were once all the rage. Even today, they sell well. But for many in the Galveston Bay Area, the frameless, car-like, unibody construction of a crossover, or CUV, offers what most are looking for, including better fuel mileage.
When we think of Jeep, most tend to see themselves off-roading in the Texas Hill Country, or at least the sandy dunes down the Gulf Coast. If you fall into that category, then the Renegade Trailhawk may be a perfect fit.
The Trailhawk edition is equipped with the larger 2.4-liter engine, that we prefer, delivering its 180-horsepower through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Renegade Trailhawk delivers best-in-class Trail Rated 4×4 capability with standard Jeep Active Drive Low with improved 21:1 crawl ratio; 8.7 inches of ground clearance; skid plates; signature red front and rear tow hooks; up to 8.1 inches of wheel articulation; Hill-descent Control; up to 19 inches of water fording; and up to 2,000-lb. towing capacity.
Both Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4×4 systems include the Jeep Selec-Terrain system, providing up to five modes (Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud modes, plus exclusive Rock mode on the Trailhawk model) for the best four-wheel-drive performance on or off road and in any weather condition
The interior is just plain fun, and the optional, larger 8.4-inch infotainment screen connects you to the world of Jeeping with ease. Apple CarPlay enables iPhone users to access Apple Maps, Messages, phone and Apple Music through Siri Voice control or the Uconnect touchscreen
Android Auto enables easy and safe access to Google voice search, Google Maps and Google Play Music via the Uconnect 7-inch touchscreen or steering wheel controls
With the Renegade’s off-road suspension and bigger tires, the ride is a bit stiffer than the entry-level model. But isn’t this why you joined the posse?
Starting price for the Jeep Renegade is $18,445. The Trailhawk trim level, with a few options, is around $30,000.
For more on the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk or other Jeep products, visit your local Jeep Dealer or www.Jeep.com