When Jeep's rugged new subcompact crossover goes on sale in March, it'll start at $18,990, including a destination charge. The 2015 Jeep Renegade joins a growing group of tiny 'utes, including the Chevrolet Trax, Fiat 500X and Honda HR-V.
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The Renegade is based on the Fiat 500L and offers a choice of two engines; a 160-horsepower, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder with a six-speed manual or a 180-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with a nine-speed automatic transmission. The base price is for a two-wheel-drive Sport model; four-wheel-drive Sports start at $20,990. Two-wheel-drive versions of the 2015 Chevrolet Trax start at $20,995; pricing has not yet been announced for the 2016 Honda HR-V or the 2016 Fiat 500X.
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"Jeep purists might smirk, thinking the Renegade has a fitting name, but this subcompact SUV is no Benedict Arnold: It delivers big-time off-road performance in Trailhawk form without sacrificing on-road driving refinement," says Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley.
Cars.com photo by Mike Hanley
Our long-term fleet cars get around. Almost everyone on our editorial staff gets behind the wheel at some point, and a lot of those excursions are of the road-trip variety. Most are regular commutes of course, but with a long-term car the stereo is probably used more often than cars in for shorter examinations.
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Our 2014 Jeep Cherokee came with an optional — yes optional at $195 — CD player, which is located in the center console cubby, not in the dash. Most of our test drivers plugged in their smart devices via USB or tethered wirelessly via Bluetooth during trips adding up to 15,000-plus miles. There were also options for terrestrial and satellite radio. Those seemed to be enough choices for hours upon hours of listening for our staff ... all except for one.
More than 1 million Jeep SUVs have yet to be fixed in the 18 months since a recall was issued for the 2003-07 Liberty and 1993-98 Grand Cherokee models because they can catch fire when rear-ended, reports Bloomberg News.
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Since the initial recall in June 2013, six people have died in crashes, according to the Center for Auto Safety. The group's executive director, Clarence Ditlow, said the slow repair rate was "woeful" and that Jeep, and its parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US, must do more to fix the affected vehicles.
FCA US responded that it's doing the best it can to find the owners for vehicles that are possibly on their second or third owners.
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Our long-term Jeep 2014 Cherokee received a lot more than its second oil change when we took the SUV in for service at 13,300 miles. In fact, the Jeep received its second engine. Replacing the 2.4-liter four-cylinder was a roundabout way of changing the oil, but it came at no cost to us since it was covered by Jeep's five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Since our previous quarterly update, editors accumulated 2,723 miles to the tune of $391 in fuel. Otherwise, our wallets haven't been lightened by the Cherokee aside from fuel, the first scheduled maintenance as well as the Jeep accessories we purchased: a dog kennel ($142.41) that attaches to metal cargo hooks in the cargo area and a cooler ($60) that uses the Cherokee's built-in cargo rail system.
Jeep replaced the engine in our 2014 Cherokee. Here's why.
It seemed simple enough. Drop off Cars.com's long-term Cherokee at our local dealership to diagnose an occasional drivability issue and get the oil changed. Our Cherokee had thrown a tantrum a few days earlier where the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine stalled multiple times, but, of course, it was driving perfectly fine en route to the dealership.
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We thought maybe the Jeep needed a software flash update to the engine's computer, or maybe a rat had chewed through an engine harness while the SUV sat outside in these cold Chicago temps, as had happened to our Chevrolet Volt. The last thing we expected to hear was that our Cherokee was getting a new engine at only 13,300 miles. After all, the four-cylinder didn't spectacularly fail in a burst of shattered pistons and connecting rods leaving us stranded on the side of the road. We drove the Cherokee into the service bay under its own power, as it was operating fairly normally.
What the technician found there was surprising, though: excessive amounts of oil had crept into the intake side of the engine, coating the intake manifold, hoses and an engine management sensor.
After climbing to its maximum average of 23.67 mpg, our long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee test car just dipped below 23 mpg after 13,000 miles. A 16.8 mpg refuel marks the lowest recorded tank since our purchase of the four-cylinder all-wheel-drive Cherokee in March and was one of four fill-ups below 23 mpg since our last update 982 miles ago: 16.8 mpg, 19 mpg, 21.9 mpg and 22.8 mpg.
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In August, we reported Allstate's ranking of America's worst and best drivers by city, which concluded that Worcester, Mass., had the most dangerous drivers while Fort Collins, Colo., drivers were the safest behind the wheel. That got us to thinking: If certain drivers get in more crashes, which cars tend to incur the most damage?
According to a 2014 report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration comparing different categories of cars and individual models by their relative "damage susceptibility," some cars are indeed more likely to incur damage or, at least, costly damage — some way more costly — while others are far less so. The report uses data compiled by the Highway Loss Data Institute in its December 2013 Insurance Collision Report, and it "reflects the collision loss experience of passenger cars, station wagons, passenger vans, pickups and utility vehicles sold in the United States in terms of the average loss payment per insured vehicle year for model years 2011-2013," NHTSA stated.
If there's any automaker that doesn't have an identity crisis, it's Jeep. The rugged necessity from which the iconic wartime Willys was birthed in 1941 is still prevalent in Jeep's modern design, most notably in the Wrangler and sprinkled throughout Jeep's lineup. Even Cars.com's front-wheel-drive-based 2014 Jeep Cherokee long-term test car has its share of shoutouts to Jeep's past; some are easier to find than others.
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The cues and "Easter eggs" hidden throughout our long-term tester make you feel as if you're part of an elite club. You know, like the the bumper sticker, "It's a Jeep Thing, You Wouldn't Understand." Even if the Cherokee isn't the most Jeep-like of Jeeps given we own a four-cylinder all-wheel-drive model and it's based on a Fiat chassis, there's still a sense of Jeep pride when you see the following cues scattered throughout the Cherokee's interior.
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