Looking for a small SUV that provides some personality? The 2020 Jeep Renegade could be for you. For one, its baby-Wrangler looks immediately differentiate the Renegade from its anonymously styled rivals. And unlike competitors, the Renegade has real off-road chops. Four-wheel drive is optional on every trim except the off-road-ready Trailhawk, where it’s standard.
The Renegade has practical strengths too. Its cabin provides above-average rear legroom and ample headroom front and back. We’re also fans of Jeep’s Uconnect infotainment system, which has plenty of features and is easy to use.
There are a few misses, however. The cabin can be noisy at highway speeds, and the Renegade has a smaller cargo area than competitors. We’re further unimpressed by the 2.4-liter engine — acceleration is slow, the nine-speed transmission is easily confused, and fuel economy is lackluster.
Those drawbacks aside, the Jeep Renegade is a thoroughly competent subcompact SUV with fewer faults than others. Give it a shot if you want a small crossover with character.