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Renegade “best in class” 4×4?

by David Zatz on

A recent communiqué to dealers points out the ways the Jeep Renegade has best in class capabilities, particularly in off-road capability. The class is defined as the Nissan Juke, Mini Countryman, Mini Paceman, and Buick Encore — not a group particularly associated with off-roading, and excluding the admittedly larger RAV4. The rationale is “small SUV sub-segmentation.”

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That said, the Trailhawk version has approach and departure angles equal to or better than Cherokee Trailhawk, with the same ground clearance (also “best in class.”)  The Renegade has the only rearl axle disconnect (on AWDs) and factory tow package; the Trailhawk boasts a “Selec-Terrain”® traction control system wtih snow, sport, sand/mud, rock, and automatic modes, tow hooks, skid plates, off-road wheels, and special tires.

All Renegades sold in the United States have a nine-speed automatic.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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