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2019 Jeep Renegade Introduction

More than most compact crossover SUVs, the 2019 Jeep Renegade looks like it can hardly wait to hit the off-road trails. Chunky details, a friendly face, and an unrepentant boxy profile affirm the Jeep brand’s woodsy, go-anywhere heritage.

Jeep offers the 2019 Renegade in Sport, Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk trim levels. Upland and Altitude editions are its option packages.

A new 1.3-liter turbo-4 engine with stop/start technology is available for the 2019 model year. Mated to 9-speed automatic, it’s standard on Limited and Trailhawk versions, optional on Sport and Latitude.

All Renegades except Trailhawk get new active grille shutters. The freshened exterior includes a new front-end look. The Advanced Tech Group adds adaptive cruise control, parallel/perpendicular parking assistance, and front parking sensors. Large round headlights now are available with LED illumination.

The carryover 2.4-liter engine is standard for Sport and Latitude models, rated at 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. The new 1.3-liter turbo 4-cylinder produces 177 horsepower and 200 pound-feet.

Jeep also has modified its 9-speed automatic transmission for smoother shifts. The 6-speed manual gearbox is gone.

Except for the AWD Trailhawk, Renegades come with either front- or all-wheel drive. At higher speeds, with AWD, rear wheels can disconnect to reduce fuel consumption. Trailhawks get a different AWD system with a simulated low gear. Both versions automatically engage the rear axle when slippage is detected.

Mechanical upgrades boost the Trailhawk’s trail-conquering capabilities, including off-road terrain settings and a 20:1 crawl ratio. Higher ride height and reshaped bumpers increase its obstacle-clearing capabilities.

The Renegade has added some safety options, namely adaptive cruise control and self-parking capability. Those costly features are bundled with automatic emergency braking, and are options on Latitude and Limited models.

Crash-test ratings from the NHTSA are four stars overall. The IIHS gave the Renegade “Good” scores in moderate-overlap and side-impact tests, but an “Acceptable” rating for the stringent small-overlap test.

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