*THE CAR: Jeep Renegade Limited 4×4
When I received the Jeep Renegade with the Colorado Red exterior and Black/sky grey interior with leather-trimmed bucket seats to review for a week, I got a bit nervous.
The red color was striking. It roared, “Here I am, look at me!,” I knew right then my urge to accelerate on the highway just to see how she grooves when she grabs the road – would not be a good idea. Statistics show that red cars are pulled over for speeding far more than any other color.
That, combined with my reddish hair, might result in unwanted law enforcement attention. I had to reign in my desire to fly down the highway with the wind in my hair as I floored it in full abandonment. Alas, the experience would remain in my dreams.
This four-wheel drive sport utility vehicle with an automatic transmission is considered one of the best off-roaders in its class. The 2019 edition has a revamped front fascia that is gangsta.
This four-cylinder, which has more power than its competitors, does well in practically every driving situation. It’s comfortable, has an attractive cabin, great maneuverability, a user-friendly infotainment system, the braking is excellent, large trunk space and it has a smooth ride on the road. The steering is phenomenal and it’s affordable! With just a bit more pressure on the accelerator – it can pick up and go. This is a FUN car!
After driving this SUV for a week, I loved it so much I asked for an extension, which was granted. I needed to smash the road just one more time!
This is the Jeep Renegade Limited 4×4.
VEHICLE AT A GLANCE: Engine: 1.3 L 4-cylinder, 9-speed automatic transmission, turbocharged, horsepower: 177hp @ 5, 750 rpm, torque (net @ rpm): 200 @ 1750, towing capacity: 2,000 lbs, curb weight: 3,327 lbs, dimensions: 167” L x 74” W x 67” H, wheelbase (in.): 101.2, keyless start, remote engine start, power steering, steering when controls, leather wrapped steering wheel, AM/FM stereo, Uconnect 4 with 7-inch display, Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM, Google Android Auto, auxiliary audio input, 115-Volt auxiliary power outlet, smart device integration, premium sound system (optional), A/C, climate control, dual zone A/C, electrochromic rearview mirror, back-up camera, leather seats, heated front seats, driver lumbar, power driver seat, second row bench seat, bucket seats, pass-through rear seat, driver vanity mirror, keyless entry, passenger vanity mirror, power mirrors, heated mirrors, auto-off headlights, daytime running lights, rain sensing wipers, variable speed intermittent wipers, power door locks, tires have front and rear performance, a tire pressure monitoring system, aluminum wheels, full size spare tire (optional), trainer hitch receiver (optional), cruise control, adaptive cruise control, alarm (optional), vehicle anti-theft system, trip computer, adjustable steering wheel, heated steering wheel, automatic parking (optional), fog lamps, rear defrost, privacy glass, power windows, rear spoiler, sun/moon roof (optional), dual moonroof (optional), child safety locks, blind spot monitor (optional) and driver/passenger/rear head/front head/frontside air bags.
FUEL ECONOMY: 23/29
THE DRIVE: On Point!
Darlene Donloe is a seasoned entertainment and travel journalist whose work has appeared in People, Ebony, Essence, LA Stage Times, The Wave, LA Watts Times, Black Meetings and Tourism, This Stage, Los Angeles Sentinel, EMMY, The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Grammy and more. Contact her via [email protected]