2016 Jeep Renegade Review

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The Renegade makes perfect sense for Jeep at this juncture. Not only are compact SUVs  and crossovers  the current hot market, but the Wrangler has gotten huge in its iconic old age, and a large percentage of the Jeep  true believers don’t take the compact Compass  and Patriot  seriously. With a powerful need to reinforce the Jeep badge, the company needs a vehicle that embodies its strengths.

In that mission, the Renegade is not subtle. In addition to resurrecting a nameplate from a 2008 concept truck  and the Jeep CJ-7 before that, the smallest Jeep is a cheeky, boxy little thing that’s practically overflowing with classic Jeep styling hallmarks and designer Easter eggs. Though it’s a humble unibodied crossover, the Renegade sports off-road friendly dimensions and a Trailhawk model that, like its Cherokee Trailhawk  counterpart, is capable of following its big brothers on the toughest Jeep Jamboree courses. The Renegade arrives with a healthy dose of attitude and real capability that set it apart from the rest of the rapidly growing compact-crossover herd.

Jeep Renegade Review

n spite of its square-rigged styling, the Renegade is one of the best-looking Jeep products to date. The tiny box has been trimmed and smoothed at the corners, and the round headlights and seven-slot grille seem to emerge naturally from the shape. The hood is contoured to resemble the classic tapered Jeep hood, and the large, square taillights are patterned like the fuel-toting jerry cans that were strapped to the back of many a military Jeep back in the day.

In spite of its square-rigged styling, the Renegade is one of the best-looking Jeep products to date.

A range of bright colors (including Omaha Orange and Solar Yellow) announces the Renegade’s presence cheerfully—but on the Trailhawk, shallower front and rear fascias, unique 17-inch wheels and bright red tow hooks are reminders that there’s some seriousness beneath the happy-commuter sheet metal. The wheels can be had in bright chrome or imposing black to further personalize the Renegade. Removable “MySky” roof panels are available to open up the Renegade to the sky.
Interior
Jeep Renegade Review

The Renegade’s interior quickly inspires games of Spot the Jeep Face: it’s embossed on the seats, displayed on the door speakers and rear-view mirror surround, and even inside the tailgate. Just in case you hadn’t forgotten, “SINCE 1941” is emblazoned on top of the center stack. The materials and design take inspiration from the Wrangler, with sports-equipment style fittings. Jeep calls the look “Tek-tonic,” and it adds to the rugged atmosphere that the tiniest Jeep exudes.

Style and attitude aside, the Renegade’s cozy interior is very comfortable, with seats just the right height and plenty of headroom. The thick A-pillars may take some getting used to, but don’t block as much visibility as they seem to at first. The controls are easy to use and feel pickup truck-durable. As nice as the Renegade is, it resolutely feels like the sort of vehicle one wouldn’t be too upset about getting dirty, which is of course the point. A choice of five or six and a half-inch touchscreens provides information in the center stack as well as video from the reverse-assist camera. Options include heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. For 2016, Jeep has added rain-sensing wipers and the Beats Audio system upgrade to the options list. The nine-speaker Beats sound system adds a subwoofer and a 506-watt amp to the compact vehicle.

Drivetrain

Two engine and drivetrain choices are offered. The 1.4 liter MultiAir turbocharged four-cylinder is standard, and produces 160 horsepower. Higher-spec Renegades get the 2.4 liter “Tiger Tiger shark” 16-valve four-cylinder with variable valve lift timing. The bigger engine bumps horsepower to 180 and adds a standard nine-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual is available with the smaller MultiAir engine, and can’t be had with the towing package.

The Renegade Trailhawk upgrades the powertrain with added suspension articulation and Jeep’s Active Drive Low four-wheel drive system

The nine-speed gearbox comes off as a gimmick at first, but the wide selection of gear ratios does good things for fuel economy, and both Renegade powertrains can get over 30mpg. This requires a careful foot on the throttle: over the course of my week with the Renegade, my fuel economy rarely went much over 22mpg. The complicated transmission is not the greatest for performance; when pressed for quick downshifts, it responds with the rubbery feeling more reminiscent of a CVT. For steady-state freeway travel and most driving situations, the Renegade is delightfully civilized and it seems to combine many of the classic Wrangler’s abilities with day-to-day livability. It’ll even tow up to 2000 pounds, which is enough for a small utility or camping trailer.

Frequency-damping Koni struts are used front and rear and result in surprising road holding. The Renegade has none of the tippy feeling that many small crossovers exhibit during cornering.

The Renegade Trailhawk upgrades the powertrain with added suspension articulation and Jeep’s Active Drive Low four-wheel drive system, which offers the Jeep Selec-Terrain system that adapts the four-wheel drive to multiple surfaces, including sand, snow, rocks and mud. The Renegade’s four-wheel drive system is adapted from the Cherokee. It’s able to put nearly all of the engine’s power through one wheel, if needed to crawl out of a tight situation. To improve fuel economy, the rear axle can disengage completely when it’s not needed.
Jeep Renegade Review

The Renegade lives up to Jeep’s reputation for toughness, and the tiny sport-ute was awarded a four-star overall rating by NHTSA, with only a three-star rating in rollover crashes bringing the average down. The IIHS rates it “Average” to “Good” in all categories. Available safety equipment includes a rear park assist, a backup camera and the UConnect 9-1-1 Call assistance button. A lane departure warning system, forward collision warning and blind spot monitor are available. Jeep Jeep ’s also got the UConnect Access infotainment system, which offers emergency services at the touch of a button.
Pricing

The Renegade lineup starts with the Sport, moves up through Latitude and Limited models, and tops out with the Trailhawk. The Renegade Sport starts at $17,995 for two-wheel drive and $19,995 for four-wheel drive and includes the 1.4 liter engine. The $21,395 Latitude adds 4wd for $23,395. The Limited and Trailhawk are equipped with the 2.4 liter engine and nine-speed automatic. Pricing for the Limited is $25,120 for 2wd and $26,745 for 4wd, and the 4×4-only Trailhawk starts at $27,120.

Effectively a Chevy Sonic on stilts, the Trax is a suburban-bred, pavement-friendly compact do-all. A multi-configurable interior’s combined with available all-wheel drive and a frugal 1.4 liter turbocharged engine to create an affordable jack-of-all-trades.
MINI Countryman: The stylish Countryman looks like another of MINI’s fashion-first products, but if the brand’s recent desert rallying adventures are any indicator, there’s some real ability hiding beneath the skin. Though it’s a bit expensive, the Countryman features MINI’s signature styling, high safety ratings and even the nimble handling that the brand is known for.

The HR-V will never be able to follow the Jeep Renegade off-road, but acquits itself on pavement quite well, thanks to extremely attractive pricing and a chassis shared with the Honda Honda Fit. All-wheel drive, a five-star crash rating and up to 35mpg on the freeway are pretty attractive qualities as well.

Conclusion
Jeep Renegade Review

The Renegade fulfils the promises made by the disappointing Compass and Patriot. This diminutive off-roader is a true Jeep in spite of its shared platform, showing off considerably more off-road ability than any of the compact SUVs it competes with while exuding giggle-inducing levels of Jeep attitude. Attractive pricing and pleasing road manners don’t hurt, either. Call this one a win.

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2016 Dodge Durango Shines With New Appearance Packages

Published: 02/12/2016  – by , Correspondent

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — The 2016 Dodge Durango SUV gets a bit of extra metallic bling with two new appearance packages on display this week at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show.

Called Brass Monkey and Anodized Platinum, the packages, priced at an additional $995 and $1,095, respectively, can be ordered now and will begin arriving at Dodge dealers in the second quarter of this year.

The Brass Monkey package, available on the Durango Limited model, features 20-inch Burnished Bronze aluminum wheels, similar to those offered on 2015 Charger and Challenger SRT models.

Other unique Brass Monkey touches include a Gloss Black grille and exterior badge, as well as a monochromatic exterior treatment.

The Anodized Platinum appearance package, which can be ordered on the higher-level Durango Citadel, takes the heavy-metal theme up a notch with 20-inch Satin Carbon aluminum wheels and Platinum grille, exterior mirror caps, fog lamp bezels, exterior badge, door handles and lower sills.

FCA seems to be on a metallic binge. As previously reported by Edmunds, special Alloy Editions of the 2016 Chrysler 200S and Chrysler 300S are also making an appearance at this year’s Chicago auto show.

Competitors to the 2016 Dodge Durango in the large SUV segment include the Buick Enclave, Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander.

Edmunds says: Shoppers looking to spice up a new 2016 Durango will want to contact their Dodge dealer about the Brass Monkey and Anodized Platinum packages.

The 2016 Chrysler 200C

by James Lewis Jr.

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The Chrysler 200C underwent a full redesign last year and it proved to be the brand’s best (as of yet) midsize sedan. It has an elegant look that allows it to stand out without going overboard when competing with other midsize sedans. The 2016 Chrysler 200C that I had the pleasure of driving this week was in the Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat paint on the exterior of the vehicle and a Black/Deep Mocha Premium Leather-Trimmed Vented Seats on the Interior throughout the car along with Vented Seats on the both the driver and passenger seats. The Engine is a 2.4-Liter 14 MultiAir 4-Cylinder with a 9- Speed 948TE Automatic Transmission (my personal preference is the 3.6Liter V6 Engine); which translates into a 4-cylinder base and the performance when compared to others within its class is… well…decent, while that maybe it’s only shortcomings it has a lot of other features to make up for what it lacks in that department. The Base Price of the 2016 Chrysler 200C was roughly $28,000. But the one I was driving came with the Optional Equipment on it such as: the Customer Perferred Package 28N SafetyTec which consisted of Advanced Brake Assist, Rain Sensitive Windshield Wipers, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, Automatic High Beam Control, Full Speed FWD Collision Warning Plus Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go Blind Spot and Cross Path Detection (Parallel and Perpendicular), Park Assist with Stop; to name a few. The Interior of the car was very elegant with design features such as a Luxury Door Trim Panel (the interior accents on the inside of the car was Real Wood/Bronze Chrome hue which really complimented the Black and Deep Mocha color scheme). An Auxiliary Power Outlet, Exterior Mirrors with Memory, Radio Presets/Exterior Mirrors and Driver’s Seat Memory with get this a heated 2-Tone Leather Steering Wheel that I thoroughly enjoyed given our sudden temperature drop last week! The GPS Navigation consisted of Uconnect 8.4 Inch Touch Screen Display and Sound Group consisted of the Sirius XM Travel Link with 9 Alpine Speakers with Subwoofer HD Radio Alpine 506-Watt Amplifier along with Sirius XM Traffic. The Premium Lighting Group consisted of HID Headlamps with LED Daytime Running Headlamps, LED Fog Lamps with 19”x 8” Polished Face/with Painted Pockets Aluminum Wheels with a Heavy Duty Anti-Lock 4-Wheel Disc Brakes. The Safety Features on the 2016 Chrysler 200C consisted of an Advanced Multistage Front Airbags Supplemental Front Seat Mounted Side Airbags along with a Side-Curtain Front and Rear Airbags, both the Driver’s and Passenger side had an inflatable Knee-Bolster Airbag and it also had the LATCH Ready Child Seat Anchor System. It also had the Parkview Rear Back-Up System, Remote Start System, an Assist Electric Park Brake and Electric Power Steering System along with a Keyless Enter’ n Go Security Alarm System. The interior of the car consisted of Air Conditioned Automatic Dual Zone Temperature Control.

The EPA’s Fuel Economy places the 2016 Chrysler 200C within the perimeters of 28mpg combined (based upon 23city/36highway) on the 2.4-Liter 14 MultiAir 4-Cylinder Engine. Bottom line folks, the was amongst the quietest and smoothest engines in this class that I have driven so far and it is great when merging and passing others during highway maneuvering and back road driving but truthfully when it comes to “Back Road Driving” you may ultimately prefer the 200S model. But hey, what do I know about your preferences?!

If you’re seeking a great midsize vehicle with great fuel economy and a stylish flair like no other; check out the 2016 Chrysler 200C, you will not be disappointed.

As always drive smart and safe!

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The 2016 Chrysler 200C

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by James Lewis Jr.

The Chrysler 200C underwent a full redesign last year and it proved to be the brand’s best (as of yet) midsize sedan. It has an elegant look that allows it to stand out without going overboard when competing with other midsize sedans. The 2016 Chrysler 200C that I had the pleasure of driving this week was in the Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat paint on the exterior of the vehicle and a Black/Deep Mocha Premium Leather-Trimmed Vented Seats on the Interior throughout the car along with Vented Seats on the both the driver and passenger seats. The Engine is a 2.4-Liter 14 MultiAir 4-Cylinder with a 9- Speed 948TE Automatic Transmission (my personal preference is the 3.6Liter V6 Engine); which translates into a 4-cylinder base and the performance when compared to others within its class is… well…decent, while that maybe it’s only shortcomings it has a lot of other features to make up for what it lacks in that department.

The Base Price of the 2016 Chrysler 200C was roughly $28,000. But the one I was driving came with the Optional Equipment on it such as: the Customer Perferred Package 28N SafetyTec which consisted of Advanced Brake Assist, Rain Sensitive Windshield Wipers, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, Automatic High Beam Control, Full Speed FWD Collision Warning Plus Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go Blind Spot and Cross Path Detection (Parallel and Perpendicular), Park Assist with Stop; to name a few. The Interior of the car was very elegant with design features such as a Luxury Door Trim Panel (the interior accents on the inside of the car was Real Wood/Bronze Chrome hue which really complimented the Black and Deep Mocha color scheme). An Auxiliary Power Outlet, Exterior Mirrors with Memory, Radio Presets/Exterior Mirrors and Driver’s Seat Memory with get this a heated 2-Tone Leather Steering Wheel that I thoroughly enjoyed given our sudden temperature drop last week!

The GPS Navigation consisted of Uconnect 8.4 Inch Touch Screen Display and Sound Group consisted of the Sirius XM Travel Link with 9 Alpine Speakers with Subwoofer HD Radio Alpine 506-Watt Amplifier along with Sirius XM Traffic. The Premium Lighting Group consisted of HID Headlamps with LED Daytime Running Headlamps, LED Fog Lamps with 19”x 8” Polished Face/with Painted Pockets Aluminum Wheels with a Heavy Duty Anti-Lock 4-Wheel Disc Brakes. The Safety Features on the 2016 Chrysler 200C consisted of an Advanced Multistage Front Airbags Supplemental Front Seat Mounted Side Airbags along with a Side-Curtain Front and Rear Airbags, both the Driver’s and Passenger side had an inflatable Knee-Bolster Airbag and it also had the LATCH Ready Child Seat Anchor System. It also had the Parkview Rear Back-Up System, Remote Start System, an Assist Electric Park Brake and Electric Power Steering System along with a Keyless Enter’ n Go Security Alarm System. The interior of the car consisted of Air Conditioned Automatic Dual Zone Temperature Control.

The EPA’s Fuel Economy places the 2016 Chrysler 200C within the perimeters of 28mpg combined (based upon 23city/36highway) on the 2.4-Liter 14 MultiAir 4-Cylinder Engine. Bottom line folks, the was amongst the quietest and smoothest engines in this class that I have driven so far and it is great when merging and passing others during highway maneuvering and back road driving but truthfully when it comes to “Back Road Driving” you may ultimately prefer the 200S model. But hey, what do I know about your preferences?!

If you’re seeking a great midsize vehicle with great fuel economy and a stylish flair like no other; check out the 2016 Chrysler 200C, you will not be disappointed.

As always drive smart and safe!