2017 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk
When it comes to going off-road, you can’t go wrong with a Jeep®. With many trims that are Trail Rated tough, Jeep vehicles are made to last and tackle all the crazy terrain out there, from slippery sand to sticky mud. If looking for the best there is, then one would do well to look at Jeep Trailhawk models. Oddly, the original Wrangler doesn’t have a Trailhawk model, but there are several that do. Our favorite, and that of the public, would be none other than the 2017 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk.
Active Drive Low
2.4-liter I4 MultiAir
With the 2017 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, only one engine is needed to turn it into an off-road champ. The 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir 2 engine will do. Developed by the powertrain tech of FCA, MultiAir is a hydraulically powered variable valve timing (VVT) system that is less restricting than that of standard VVT tech. A less restricted engine of course leads to better output, and this Tigershark engine can generate a maximum of 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque.
Paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission, it should already be clear that there are various modes one can put the Jeep into when going off-road or simply towing, but more on that in a bit. Automatic transmission, and the technology it offers, gives the fuel economy a bit of a boost. The Renegade Trailhawk gets 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
The Jeep Renegade Trailhawk is one of those models that have its own dedicated 4x4 system. Active Drive Low 4x4 will only be found on the Renegade Trailhawk and includes all of the features found on another system, known as Active Drive I. This comes with a rear axle disconnect feature that engages all 4 wheels when tire slippage is detected. It also comes with a Selec-Terrain Traction Management System that allows drivers to pick a driving mode in any kind of weather.
Active Drive Low 4x4 comes with a low-range 4WD low mode for low-speed traction that works great for towing. Built with a 20:1 crawl ratio, that means a lot of torque can be produced at lower speeds for enhanced driver control when going off road or doing a little rock crawling. The Renegade Trailhawk has Auto, Snow, Sand, Mud, and Rock driving modes for its Selec-Terrain system.
The 2017 Jeep Renegade is unmistakable from all others. Aside from the signature Jeep seven-slot grille, it has “X” accents on the taillights if you see it from the back. There’s actually a story behind those two signature pieces, along with many other Easter eggs hidden around the Jeep Renegade. Being a top dog of the Renegade lineup, the Trailhawk gets plenty of goodies. The standard features one will find on the exterior are automatic halogen headlamps with a turn-off time display, deep tint sunscreen glass, heated exterior power mirrors with turn signals, a rear window defroster, and black side roof rails.
Getting a MySky Power Retractable sunroof with removable panels is a worthy option to look into. For added style, the Renegade Trailhawk has a hood decal, the “Trailhawk” badge, and choice of ten colors for the paint job. All of this rides in on 17-inch aluminum wheels with all-season off-road tires. Check out our piece on outfitting your Jeep for off-road adventure and rock crawling.
As always with the Jeep brand, even with the 2017 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, the affordable price means less goodies in the interior. Standard options consist of cloth seat trimming (with the option to upgrade to leather), ambient LED interior lighting, a rear 60/40 folding seat, and three rear seat head restraints. Adjustment for the driver seat is manual 6-way; the passenger is manual 4-way.
For convenience, there’s a little more to be thankful for, such as all season floor mats, cargo tie down loops, a cargo compartment lamp, a 7-inch TFT color display, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a remote USB port for charging smart devices, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Drivers can opt in for an all-black interior. Otherwise, the interior will be black or grey with blood orange accents.
The entertainment system isn’t too short-handed for the price. Standard is a 6-speaker audio system with Uconnect 5.0 on a 5.0-inch touchscreen. A media hub with a USB port and auxiliary port have been integrated, along with Bluetooth voice command for hands-free phone calls. A 1-year subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio is also included.
Consumers have the option to upgrade to Uconnect 6.5 with navigation and Uconnect Access for all Uconnect has to offer. We recommend if for the Wi-Fi hotspot. If looking to upgrade the sound system, the option is the Beats Premium audio system with HD Radio.
Safety Features and Warranty
All kinds of safety features can be found on the 2017 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk. The basics include advanced multistage front airbags with a driver’s knee airbag, anti-lock 4-wheel disc brakes, an electric park brake and electric power steering, stability and traction management systems, panic brake assist, a LATCH ready child seat anchor system, and a ParkView Rear back-up camera. Drivers are pretty much covered, and in more ways than one.
Jeep vehicles come with a 3-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for five years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for five years or 100,000 miles.