16. Jeep Renegade
No, you aren’t looking at a Scion XB. The Jeep Renegade is the tiny little Jeep box that hit the market in 2016. Looking to build on the success of the Kia Soul, the Renegade was meant to bring urban car shoppers into Jeep showrooms. So, what exactly does this Jeep offer? Not much if you want to go off-roading. The Renegade doesn’t really fit in with the Jeep lineup. The Renegade has seven different body styles to choose from, ranging from extreme off-road to an urban-themed setup.
Although the Renegade seems like a great idea on paper, the actual end product is a subpar compact. If the Renegade seems familiar, that’s because the model is derived from the Fiat 500L. If you couldn’t already tell, we aren’t too fond of the 500L either. The Renegade could have been the perfect compact Jeep. But the subpar drivetrain and cramped interior make it unlivable for most true outdoors types. The Renegade doesn’t have any cool features like a removable top, which makes the compact UTE generally useless to the average Jeep buyer.
The Renegade does serve up some cool looks, but looks aren’t everything in the offroad market. There are certain features that you’re going to look for in a Jeep. The Renegade just doesn’t have these. Where the Renegade prevails is by offering an attractive looking compact utility that stands out in terms of style. But for the 2020 model year, many other compact UTEs offer similar features for a better price tag.