2021 Jeep Renegade review

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Jeep Renegade highlights

Customer rating


  • Great off-road ability with available 4WD
  • Styling stands out from other subcompact SUVs
  • Lots of standard tech features


  • Small cargo area
  • Lots of road noise during highway driving

Mileage (EPA estimate)

21 city, 27 highway, 24 combined

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Power and style in a petite package

Are you looking for a subcompact SUV that stands out? If so, the 2021 Jeep Renegade is a strong contender. The Renegade lives up to its rebellious name even as a type of vehicle that is, usually, about as tame as you can get—a subcompact crossover SUV. The 2021 Jeep Renegade is practical, fits five people and has enough cargo space to get by on a beach day or quick overnight trip. You'll find plenty of standard driver-assist and technology features too. But the Renegade is more than just a commuter car. It's a fun option for weekend warriors, adventure seekers and busy families alike. With the available four-wheel drive, the Renegade is a force to be reckoned with where the pavement ends. Yet if you're spending more time in the city than the mountains at this stage of your life, that's ok too. With unique styling and body shape, the 2021 Jeep Renegade will look just as good chauffeuring the kids around or rolling up to a Friday night concert as it will scaling rocky paths and splashing through mud puddles. While we currently do not have many 2021 Jeep Renegades on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. If you love the 2021 model, you should also consider prior model years of the Jeep Renegade with similar features.

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What is new for the 2021 Jeep Renegade?

  • The Renegade is available in a variety of new trims, including the 80th Anniversary, Freedom Edition, and Islander.
  • The Altitude, High Altitude, North Edition, and Orange Edition trims have been discontinued for 2021.
  • Renegade trims have been upgraded with Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Monitor, and Panoramic Sunroof as standard equipment this year.
  • The Upland trim now comes with Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.
  • The Trailhawk trim now comes with Power Seat(s), Remote Start, Heated Steering Wheel, Front Seat Heaters, Smart Key, and Navigation System as standard equipment.

2021 Jeep Renegade trims

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  • Standard front-wheel drive, available 4WD, standard 180-hp 2.4L four-cylinder, available 177-hp 1.3L turbocharged four-cylinder, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, driver assist features, 16-inch wheel, and more


  • Adds remote start, proximity keyless entry, and 19-inch wheels


  • Sport features plus an additional USB port, 17-inch wheels, adds package options that open accessories like a sunroof, leather seats, and heated front seats


  • Sports features plus standard 4WD, tow hooks, front skid plate, higher ground clearance

80th Anniversary Edition:

  • Adds 8.4-inch touch screen, navigation, HD radio, turbocharged engine for no additional cost 


  • Adds unique paint color options


  • Standard turbo engine and 4WD, Leather, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, remote start, navigation, rain-sensing windshield wipers


  • Loses standard leather seats (they're an available option), adds higher-riding suspension, skid plates, tow hooks, and a lower gear ratio

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5 reasons to buy the 2021 Jeep Renegade

1. Off-road capabilities

2021 Jeep Renegade: Trail rated 4x4 emblem

Jeeps are designed for off-roading, and the 2021 Jeep Renegade is no exception. It's the smallest Jeep, but it has plenty of bells and whistles. The optional four-wheel drive comes with an advanced traction control system to keep a grip on even the slickest surfaces. Although it's small, the Renegade has more than eight inches of ground clearance to help traverse rocky paths. For more prowess, choose the Trailhawk trim, which comes with tow-hooks, higher-riding suspension, skid plates, and a lower gear ratio.

2. Towing power

2021 Jeep Renegade: Engine

Subcompact SUVs aren't known for their towing power, but the 2021 Jeep Renegade can move small trailers, jet skis, and motorcycles without a problem. With four-wheel drive and a tow package, the 2021 Renegade can tow up to 2,000 pounds when properly equipped.

 This means you can take all your toys along on that next camping trip.

3. Tech at the ready

2021 Jeep Renegade: Entertainment screen

You don't want to waste time fiddling with your tech connections when you're setting out for a trip. So you'll appreciate that the 2021 Jeep Renegade comes standard with Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto and Bluetooth® connectivity. You'll also have a seven-inch touchscreen and at least one USB port, with one additional on higher trims. 

4. City-sized

2021 Jeep Renegade: Exterior side view of vehicle

If you're a city dweller or commute into the city for work, having a large SUV might not be the most practical car. But the 2021 Jeep Renegade is small enough that parking and driving in traffic are simple. Plus, the Renegade has great handling for those moments when you have to pull out a three-point turn. 

5. Jeep styling

2021 Jeep Renegade: Front angle of vehicle

If you feel like the subcompact SUV options blend together, choosing the 2021 Jeep Renegade will help you stand out. This SUV is unmistakably a Jeep. It comes standard with Jeep's seven-slot grille and round headlights and with its overall boxy, angular design, you will never lose it in a parking lot. 

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

3.3 out of 5

3 customer reviews

RepairPal gave the Jeep Renegade an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Jeep Renegade 4th out of 8 among Subcompact SUVs.

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Jeep Renegade features and specs

Islander 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Kenwood Audio
  • Navigation System
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Running Boards
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 41.2"/R 35.1"

Head room

F 39.7"/R 40.5"

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Color options 

2021 Jeep Renegade: Color options

Interior colors:

  • Black

Exterior colors:

  • Alpine White

  • Bikini

  • Black

  • Colorado Red

  • Glacier

  • Granite

  • Jetset Blue

  • Omaha Orange

  • Slate Blue

  • Sting-Gray

Interior details

The 2021 Jeep Renegade comes standard with seating for five. It's available only with a black interior. Cloth seats are standard, while leather is an available option. There's one USB port standard, and one more available on higher trim levels. A seven-inch touchscreen comes standard and an 8.4-inch touchscreen is an available option. There is 18.5 cu-ft of cargo space behind the second row. 

Child seat details

The 2021 Jeep Renegade comes standard with two sets of LATCH connections on the outboard rear seats. All three back seats have a rear car seat tether. However, you're unlikely to be able to fit three car seats across the small back seat of the Renegade. In addition, if you have a rear-facing car seat, it might infringe on front-seat legroom. 


The 2021 Jeep Renegade has two engine options. A 180-hp 2.4L four-cylinder is standard, while a 177-hp 1.3L turbocharged four-cylinder is an available option. The Renegade comes standard with front-wheel drive, but four-wheel drive is an available option. With the standard 2.4L engine, the Renegade accelerates from zero to 60 in 9 seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new). 

With the standard 2.4L engine, the 2021 Jeep Renegade gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined fuel economy with front-wheel drive and 24 mpg combined fuel economy with four-wheel drive.

 With the turbo 1.3L engine, the 2021 Jeep Renegade gets an EPA-estimated 27 mpg combined fuel economy with front-wheel drive and 26 mpg combined fuel economy with four-wheel drive.
 The Trailhawk trim, which comes standard with the 1.3L engine and 4WD, gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg combined fuel economy.

The Jeep Renegade has available four-wheel drive. The Trailhawk trim is the best if you're interested in off-roading. It comes with skid plates, a lower gear ratio, tow hooks and a higher-riding suspension. 

Year Comparison

2015-2022 Jeep Renegade (first generation)

The Jeep Renegade debuted in the 2015 model year. Styling and power have been consistent throughout the generation. All model years have two engine options: a four-cylinder and a turbocharged four-cylinder. The horsepower of these engines has changed slightly throughout the years. In 2018, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity became available, and in 2021 they became standard. 

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