2022 Jeep Renegade review, ratings, specs, prices and photos

The 2022 Jeep Renegade sports rugged looks on a small scale, but the off-road prowess is there.

What type of vehicle is the 2022 Jeep Renegade? What does it compare to?

The Jeep Renegade is the cheapest model in the off-road brand’s portfolio, a small SUV that is pitted against the likes of the Subaru Crosstrek, Hyundai Venue and Honda HR-V.

Is the 2022 Jeep Renegade a good car/SUV?

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While not perfect, the Renegade has chunky design and a wide range of features not always found in an SUV this small. We give it a TCC rating of 5.7 out of 10, but it would do better if Jeep saw fit to install more crash avoidance technology. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

What’s new for the 2022 Jeep Renegade?

The Renegade returns for 2022 with a pared-down lineup with just four trim levels, three of which come standard with all-wheel drive. All Renegade models use a zippy 1.3-liter turbo-4 with 177 hp, which goes to the wheels via a 9-speed automatic transmission.

While it’s hardly a sporty choice, the Renegade hits the road with confidence and, in Trailhawk form, boasts some off-road bits that enhance its ability beyond most class rivals.

Inside, the Renegade has a tight fit, but the interior has an imaginative design with plenty of features, including an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment that’s loaded with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus navigation.

How Much Does the 2022 Jeep Renegade Cost?

The pared-down Renegade lineup starts at around $24,000 for the base Sport trim, which comes standard with automatic emergency braking. The off-road Trailhawk costs around $30,000, but is strangely not available with the critical safety technology.

Where is the 2022 Jeep Renegade made?

In Italy.

Jeep channels its retro past for the blocky Renegade.

Is the Jeep Renegade a good-looking car?

Kudos to Jeep for making a small SUV with gobs of personality. If you like how it combines vintage cues like round headlights and a two-box profile, the Jeep Renegade easily earns its 7 out of 10 points here.

The square wheel arches speak to an off-road positioning, while the Trailhawk versions wear thick tires and are equipped with bright red towbars.

Inside, the Renegade is full of character – at the expense of practicality in some cases. Its busy dash is fun and playful, although controls can be a little tricky to figure out.

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By small SUV standards, the Jeep Renegade has a lot of capacity.

Is the Jeep Renegade 4WD?

All but the base Renegade Sport come standard with an all-wheel drive system.

How fast is the Jeep Renegade?

Last year’s underwhelming base engine is a goer, replaced by a new standard 1.3-liter turbo-4 with 177 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque. The engine offers plenty of grunt but has a complicated relationship with the 9-speed automatic gearbox which can fumble at low speeds.

The Renegade’s all-wheel-drive system offers multiple traction modes (more on Trailhawks), plus a simulated low range that makes low-speed crawling easy. While not a scaled-down Wrangler, the Renegade is mountain goat-like enough for most needs.

On the road, the Renegade has a comfortable ride and good handling with well-weighted steering. Even at highway speeds it’s quite composed.

Overall, the Renegade rates 5 out of 10 on our scale.

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The Jeep Renegade is cramped inside for rear seat passengers.

Small crossovers are just that: small. This one gets 5 out of 10, a perfect average score.

The 2022 Renegade is no different, though front-seat drivers have decently comfortable thrones with power adjustment available on all but the base Sport trim. Back-seat riders will find limited legroom — just 35.1 inches — and relatively small doors that make climbing aboard a pants-staining affair.

Cargo space is good at about 18.5 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 51 cubes folded down.

Most versions of the Renegade have stylish interior materials along with an imaginative design.

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Most Renegades are loaded with crash avoidance technology, but test results lag behind.

How safe is the Jeep Renegade?

All but the Renegade Trailhawk will do their best to avoid a wreck, which is good because federal testers rate this crossover an unimpressive four stars overall. At least the IIHS was kinder, with “good” scores in most tests but not enough to earn a Top Safety Pick award.

On our scale, that’s enough for a 5 out of 10. Jeep can do better: the omission of automatic emergency braking for the off-road flagship version of this range is a head-scratcher, although at least the technology is standard across the rest of the range.

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The 2022 Jeep Renegade packs a lot of technology into a small SUV package.

Which Jeep Renegade should I buy?

The Renegade range comes in four flavors: Sport, Latitude, Trailhawk and Limited. There are fewer than before, but at least some feature upgrades this year make up for the scaled-down offerings. We rate the range 8 out of 10 based on standard equipment and lots of options, as well as good infotainment. There isn’t a more comprehensive selection of small SUVs on the market than this one.

Our money would be on the mid-level Latitude, though the base Sport comes with an 8.4-inch touchscreen with CarPlay and Android Auto, plus navigation and automatic climate control.

The Latitude adds nicer interior materials, a 7.0-inch screen in the instrument cluster, 17-inch alloy wheels and tinted windows. For an additional cost, shoppers can add a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats and steering wheel, and a few other goodies.

The Trailhawk adds off-road bits, including a tall suspension and fat tires, but it removes automatic emergency braking. Weird.

How much does a fully loaded Jeep Renegade cost?

A loaded Renegade Limited can generate $33,000 with options, though it’s a pretty luxurious little SUV with leather seats, Kenwood audio, a dual-window panoramic sunroof, and 19-inch wheels.

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