Which is the most entertaining Jeep Renegade you can get? While one might make an argument for the Trailhawk model and its accompanying off-road hardware and consequential go-anywhere ability, that car comes with one glaring flaw – its 2.4-liter engine and nine-speed automatic transmission just aren’t very entertaining.
Instead, I submit the turbocharged, 1.4-liter base engine and its accompanying six-speed manual, a position that was reinforced after a recent stint behind the wheel of a very basic Sport 4×4. Not only do you get a fair amount of the Trailhawk’s off-road ability – the Selec-Terrain system and a 4WD Lock mode are standard, but you’ll be without the 20:1 crawl ratio and Rock off-road mode – you’ll also enjoy a more dynamically interesting powertrain. Read on to see why the force-induced Renegade might just be the way to go.