Review: Jeep Renegade Trailhawk 4×4 – Part 4

The technology in the Jeep Renegade is an interesting mix. Let’s start with the safety technology:

  • Front, front seat, side curtain Side, and drivers knee blocker air bags
  • Blind-Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Path Detection – One note about the blind spot monitoring is that it it warns you when cars are in your blind spot. Some other systems warn you when they are approaching your blind spot. I think that Jeep might want to tweak that a bit.
  • Rear back up camera
  • The usual traction control, stability control, tire pressure monitoring systems.

The next thing is the key. It’s a proximity key that allows you to walk up, open the door, press the start button, and drive away. You can also remote start the Renegade, and unlock the doors. Like other Chrysler vehicles I’ve reviewed, there’s also a real key on the inside. When you want to lock the car, simply press a button on the door handle when you get out of the car. Net result: You never have to take the proximity key out of your pocket.

Now on to the UConnect infotainment system. It’s now into its fifth iteration and it’s still very good. Navigation is still provided by Garmin which is a good thing. And as usual, it took me seconds to pair my iPhone via Bluetooth and make everything work the way I expected. Plugging in my iPhone via USB allowed me access to all the music and playlists on it. The voice recognition was good, though I had trouble with street names. The system is still powered by a 6.5″ touchscreen which while smaller than I am used it, it is clear and easy to read in all lighting conditions. The only suggestion that I would make to Jeep is that most screens are angled slightly towards the driver so that it is easy to glance at. This one isn’t and that can throw the driver for a bit of a loop from an ergonomics perspective. Thus they may wish to remedy that. There are redundant controls that are well designed and easy to reach. When it comes to the design part, I’ll use the controls on the steering wheel as an example. Individual buttons have their own feel so that once you know what the functions are, you can use them purely based on feel.

No matter where I was sitting, the audio was fantastic. It puts out over 500 watts of audio to 9 speakers and a subwoofer, it has crisp highs and well defined bass with zero distortion. I was very impressed by that. Kudos to Jeep for providing a top notch stereo.

The final part of this review will tie up some loose ends and I’ll give you my final verdict. Watch for it on Friday.

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