Many people come into Jeep dealerships knowing they love Jeeps, but sometimes they don’t know which model is the best fit for them. If you want a Jeep model that is less conventional than the Wrangler, there are plenty of options. Three popular and different Jeep models include the Renegade, Cherokee and Patriot. So, which is for you?
Engine, Performance and Fuel Economy
The Patriot, Renegade and Cherokee all have different base engines.
The base engine on the Jeep Renegade is a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder MultiAir turbo engine. This engine produces 160 horsepower, 175 lb-ft of torque, and has a fuel economy of 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. The Jeep Patriot’s base engine is a 158-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that gives the Patriot an average of 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
The Jeep Cherokee is equipped with the largest engine, which is a 2.4-liter MultiAir2 engine. This engine produces up to 184 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque and has an average fuel economy of 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. This engine is also available on the Patriot and Renegade trims.
Off-road Features and Capabilities
When it comes to Jeep vehicles, most people are looking for off-road capability and each of these models have off-roading features.
The Jeep Renegade and Jeep Cherokee are both available in Jeep’s signature Trailhawk trim. Trailhawk trims are Trail Rated, which means the vehicle’s off-roading capabilities have been tested on trails around the world and the vehicle has been proven to handle tough terrains. Features of the Trailhawk models include red tow hooks in the front and rear in case you get stuck and need to be pulled out, a higher ground clearance to allow for safe rock crawling, and skid plates.
Trailhawk trims also come with Jeep’s Selec-Terrain system. This system gives the driver five different off-road modes, auto, snow, sand, rock, and mud. The system adjusts the Jeep’s traction to respond to the specific type of terrain.
The Jeep Patriot isn’t available with a Trailhawk trim, but it has two very capable off-road systems. The first available system is Jeeps Freedom Drive I system, which gives the driver low-traction when needed, and this is especially helpful in snow or ice. The other system is Jeep’s Freedom Drive II 4X4 system and it is specifically meant for off-roading. Jeep’s Freedom Drive II 4X4 system is Trail Rated, so it is definitely recommended for drivers that want to take their Patriot on off-roading adventures.
If you liked any of these Jeeps and you now know which is for you, check out our Jeep inventory online here. If you are ready to test them out, come down to Kendall Jeep and take a test drive with one of our sales associates.