Can the New Jeep Renegade Outperform the Jeep Wrangler?

The Jeep Wrangler is the closest vehicle on the road to the original Willys Jeep of the 1940s. It shares with this classic its boxy look, and its rugged capability. Performance off-road has long been the focus of these vehicles, keeping their utilitarian spirit alive.

Then there's the Jeep Renegade. A newcomer on the scene, it looks almost like a cartoon version of the Wrangler. It shares its boxy look, round headlights, and seven-slot grille, but in the body of a petite subcompact crossover.

Can this baby of the family live up to its performance-based heritage?

When tested on a snow-covered off-road course, the Jeep Renegade performs better than you might expect. Despite its size, it has the ground clearance needed to make it over uneven road. The 4x4 system in the Trailhawk model is tailored to off-road performance as well.

Compared to the Wrangler, however, the Renegade's performance is less impressive. While the Renegade took two tries to get over some of the tougher obstacles, the Wrangler crawls over the course as if it were going to the grocery store.

Still, for a very modern and stylish subcompact SUV, the Renegade Trailhawk holds its own. It's got more than enough power and grip to make it up a snowy mountain for a ski trip, or head over uneven terrain for off-the-beaten-path camping.

Visit Bedford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to take a test drive, and decide for yourself.

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