Jeep Renegade ground clearance chart
It’s easy to find faults with the 2019 Jeep Renegade. However, it’s also easy to fall in love with it. When choosing to be in a relationship — even with a car — doesn’t love usually win out?
Well, before falling head over heels, let’s at least address the Renegade’s significant shortcomings. For starters, this smallest Jeep is indeed very small — smaller in fact than many of its subcompact SUV rivals. Backseat legroom is cramped, and the cargo area behind is relatively tiny. It actually gets worse when you fill the underfloor storage compartment with the available full-size spare. If there was any SUV that required a roof cargo box, the Renegade is probably it.
Then there are the powertrains. For 2019, the Renegade’s former upgrade engine — a 2.4-liter four-cylinder — becomes the new standard equipment. Although its power output seems generous on paper, this unrefined engine’s acceleration is meager and its fuel economy middling.
Thankfully, 2019 also brings a new engine upgrade: a turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder that delivers superior torque and promises more competitive fuel economy. If you’re considering the two top trim levels, we’d recommend this turbo engine. Unfortunately, both are saddled to an unresponsive gas pedal and a clunky nine-speed automatic that constantly frustrate.
OK, so now the bits to love. The Renegade has distinctive Jeep styling, of course, and it gets even cooler when you opt for the Trailhawk trim. And speaking of which, that Trailhawk provides far more off-road capability than anything else in this segment of SUVs. (some don’t even offer all-wheel drive). Even less dedicated Renegades will be more capable than the average competitor.
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|Trim||Lowest ground clearance|
|Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A)||8.0″ (203 mm)|
|Latitude 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 9A)||6.7″ (170 mm)|
|Latitude 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A)||8.0″ (203 mm)|
|Trailhawk 4dr SUV 4WD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A)||8.7″ (220 mm)|
|Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A)||8.0″ (203 mm)|
|Altitude 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A)||8.0″ (203 mm)|
|Altitude 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 9A)||6.7″ (170 mm)|
|High Altitude 4dr SUV 4WD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A)||8.0″ (203 mm)|
|Sport 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 9A)||6.7″ (170 mm)|
|High Altitude 4dr SUV (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A)||6.7″ (170 mm)|
|Limited 4dr SUV (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A)||6.7″ (170 mm)|
Jeep Renegade ground clearance driver’s guide
From rural roads to modern highways, the Renegade delivers impressive ride and handling thanks to its stiff body structure, impressive steering system and a standard nine-speed automatic transmission. Available 4×4 systems provide traction whether you’re facing bad weather or rugged off-road trails.
Commuting mostly on dry residential streets and urban expressways (there was a little accumulated snow one night), this tester’s drives didn’t ask much from Active Drive. However, the chance to briefly drive a Trailhawk in the Mud setting and four-wheel low over an off-road course some months earlier showed the vehicle had encouraging climbing ability and effective hill-descent engagement.
Jeep Renegade Ground Clearance Comparison Chart
|Model||Minimum clearance||Maximum clearance|
|2020 Jeep Renegade||6.7″ (170 mm)||8.7″ (220 mm)|
|2020 Chevrolet Trax||6.2″ (157 mm)||6.2″ (157 mm)|
|2020 Honda HR-V||6.7″ (170 mm)||7.4″ (187 mm)|
|2020 Mazda CX-3||6.1″ (154 mm)||6.2″ (157 mm)|
|2020 Nissan Rogue||7.4″ (187 mm)||8.4″ (213 mm)|