Everything to know about the 2022 Jeep Renegade Red Edition

The (RED) brand fits under the umbrella of the Global Fund which began with the goal of raising awareness and funds to help with HIV and other infectious diseases.

There have been many companies included in the (RED) initiative including Nike, Apple and Starbucks and now there is a new partnership from Stellantis car manufacturers Fiat, Ram and Jeep.

Stellantis includes many automakers in its growing empire and this trio of brands will help deliver $4 million over the next three years to help fight pandemics, through special edition (RED) models.

We take a look at 2022 Jeep Renegade Red Edition, a car that is at the bottom of the Jeep range but offers many advantages inherent in a crossover with a modern powertrain.

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The 2022 Jeep Renegade (RED) Edition is small, powerful and not necessarily red

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This is not Jeep’s first (RED) car, the Renegade follows the compass and will join the small Fiat 500 and RAM 1500 (RED) editions.

On Jeep’s online Renegade configurator, we see prices starting at $30,000 for a Renegade (RED), about $1000 more than the Latitude on which it’s based, a mid-range trim in the range.

The changes for the special edition are small but meaningful, it’s more about passing the donation on to the less fortunate than the amount of extra gear added.

In fact, the changes are limited to decals and red speaker and air vent covers really, but luckily the rest of the car speaks for itself.

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Jeep’s Renegade is a capable little 4×4 with sweet styling

2022 Jeep Renegade Red Edition interior from the rear seats
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The amazing 1.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder powertrain is here with the 9-speed automatic transmission, making economical driving possible despite the poor transmission pressure.

The Renegade’s engine itself is also powerful for its size – at 170 hp and 210 lb-ft, it makes enough power for off-road trips, and more than the old 2.4-liter naturally aspirated engines, the power goes to an all-wheel-drive drivetrain.

Prices for the Renegade start at $24,000 and go up to nearly $31,000 for the Limited or Trailhawk, but all versions of this car now get the same transmission as the one shown here – fuel economy is 24 MPG combined for the all-wheel drive models and 27 MPG combined for the front-wheel drive models – 4-wheel drive can be selected if not already included.

Fortunately, the (RED) edition already comes with 4×4 capability and 19″ graphite wheels, plus the large 8.4″ infotainment screen.

The 2022 Jeep Renegade isn’t necessarily the best value for money, either

2022 Jeep Renegade Red Edition, black, front quarter, white background
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With the torquey engine and reasonable fuel economy, the Renegade, when optioned with all-wheel drive, is one of the more capable crossovers around, and can actually tackle more challenging roads than many road-based 4x4s.

It doesn’t have a ton of features focused on off-roading, however, but the Trailhawk trail model is best suited for the toughest terrain you can imagine throwing at a Renegade.

That car starts at nearly $31,000 and includes, among other things, 17-inch wheels, all-season off/on-road tires, upgraded suspension and ride height, skid plates and other protection, and a crawl mode.

It’s not a completely different car, but the amount of small changes made could make the difference between the Renegade getting stuck and coming home.

The Jeep’s compass is the biggest problem with the Renegade

2022 Jeep Compass Red Edition, red, front quarter, white background
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Potentially the biggest problem with getting a Renegade is that you can just go get a bigger Compass instead, which starts at $26,000 and goes up to $35,000.

On Jeep’s Compass configurator, for the same price as a Renegade (RED) you can get a Compass in Latitude trim spec with $1000 more – in that trim the Compass has a 2.4-liter engine with 180 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque and a reliable 6-speed automatic transmission but here only front-wheel drive is available.

You can still get a (RED) version though, but the price jumps up to $35,000; though you get more car for the money, and this is the SUV we’d get if the extra $4000 isn’t a deal-breaker.

In the near-top-spec (RED) Compass (the highest trim is $1,000 more), you get four-wheel drive, nice red paint, 19″ wheels, a big 10.1″ display and that 2.4-liter engine but this time with the The 9-speed car from Renegade.

However, if it’s not necessary to get a (RED) car, and you really want to get to the most remote and rugged parts of the wilderness, you’ll probably get further in the same company’s Wrangler – our pick is the $47,000 Rubicon and offers you plenty of customization, capability and up to a 3-liter turbodiesel engine with 260 hp and a whopping 442 lb-ft of torque.

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