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Was Model Year 2018 or 2019 the Better Jeep Renegade?

The Jeep Renegade arrived in 2019 with enough miles on the original design to warrant a real update. In 2018, the Jeep Renegade’s standard package included front wheel drive and their removable sun roof called the "My Sky". Four-wheel drive options came along too at all four levels of the Renegade’s trim packages, and the top level Trailhawk trim came with the four-wheel drive configuration. It also boasted a powerful 2.4L TigerShark inline four-cylinder engine that was well-received by car critics. The base level sport model included a 1.4L Turbocharged 4I engine or a 2.4L I4 engine, as well as a six-speed manual or optional 9 speed automatic. Impressively, the 2018 also sported seventeen inch black steel finished wheels with matching door handles and grille. That wasn't a bad look in 2018. With the 2019 updates, which model year 2018 or 2019 is the better Jeep Renegade?

The Answer: The Jeep Renegade's new engine lineup and exterior tweeks win by a length

The 2019 front and rear bumpers were redesigned to look more jeep-like and promote the vehicle’s off-road abilities. For example, the new Jeep Renegade comes with 19-inch wheels. Jeep believes the off-road look can coexist with the jungle look that appeals to urban hipsters, and they’re right. It’s their best looking Renegade yet. The front grille also received a sharp mesh liner behind the seven legendary slots. The new bumper does look tighter and leaner. Jeep also developed some new graphics for the rear and the hood of the vehicle to give it a little extra growl. The iconic Jeep grill, the badge, the round LED headlights and the trapezoid wheels all successfully call to mind the Wrangler.

The infotainment system also got a upgrade with the increased touchscreen size, including a seven-inch and an optional 8.4 inch unit that comes standard at the Navigator trim level. Jeep also added Apple Carplay and Android Auto to increase the functionality in the vehicle. The new infotainment system means an increase in customizable menus and augmented control of the Jeep’s features. There’s also an extra USB jack behind the front center armrest for rear seat passengers. Look for adaptive cruise control, front parking sensors and parallel park assist as well, all new in 2019.

The biggest change Jeep wants everybody to know about is the change over in the new engine family. The 2019 Jeep Renegade comes equipped with a standard 1.3 GSE turbo multiair engine with 177 hp as a replacement for the 1.4 turbo in the 2018. That’s both a bump-up in horsepower and in torque, so the 2019 is definitely a quicker Jeep. The 2.4 Tigershark option continues to be available or comes as standard equipment in the Trailhawk.

The 2019’s exterior updates do bring it in line with the Jeep brand’s look of solid dependability. It’s also an affordable Jeep. That’s a big deal when Jeep is such a sought-after brand. The idea that anybody can afford the Renegade will encourage many buyers. In the end, the 2019 Jeep may not run circles around the 2018 model, but it’s a significant improvement.

Relevant Sources:

This is obviously just a brief overview of the 2019 Jeep Renegade. There are many great resources around the Internet to help people shop for cars. Some recommended resources for the Jeep Renegade in 2019 are:

  1. Car and Driver - Car and Driver is one of the premier vehicle review websites available today. This article is specifically addressing the new 2019 Jeep Renegade to include the new features available in 2019. It does expand beyond the list of features to discuss its off-road capabilities and the new engines in links.
  2. Fiat Chrysler Automobile Press Releases - The website for one of the largest car manufacturers in the world website provides a starting point to find press releases on their vehicles, listing their new models, new generations and updates to current models.
  3. KCBY CBS 11 - The CBS affiliate station is located in Coos Bay and North Bend Oregon or Oregon's Bay Area. The area presents plenty of opportunities to test off-road vehicles. The website also includes a graphic of subcompact SUV growth over the last twelve years.