“What is so special about the Jeep Renegade?” you may ask. Maybe it’s the fact that you can take off the roof panels; or the X-shaped tail-lights; or it’s fun and sporty capabilities. Take your pick.

I, myself, am not a huge car aficionado. They get you from point A to point B, are reliable – if you take care of them and need to be able to handle what you do on a daily basis. However, since I’ve been working at an auto group for the past three years, my opinions have changed…slightly. I had been driving a 2001 Ford Escape, passed down from my grandma. It was good for a few years, however it was falling apart quickly, and I found myself perusing potential new vehicles in the fall of 2014. I was cruising around on the Jeep website, and there it was—love at first sight. The all-new Jeep Renegade. Never had a vehicle attracted my attention as much as this. And it wasn’t even in the States yet! The modern lines, the sophistication, the technology, and the My Sky® sunroof was to die for! I knew it was the one. Now I just had to work up the courage to purchase a car on my own for the first time.

Fast forward two years, and I’ve been the proud owner of a 2015 Jeep Renegade Latitude 4×4 since November 2015. It’s amazing and I have zero regrets. When asked by a co-worker if I’d like to drive a 2017 Renegade as a comparison for the blog, I eagerly accepted, curious as to what changes were made in the two years since I’d purchased mine.

2017 Jeep Renegade Comfort

The 2017 Renegade is a Limited trim level, whereas mine is a Latitude. Just hearing this, my expectations rose, as a Limited is a higher trim than the Latitude. My first thoughts upon sitting in Limited: there was no open sky roof! I waited eleven months for that particular feature to make it to the States, and the fact that this Renegade didn’t have one—mind explosion. Skipping past that feature, since it is an available add-on, everything on the interior was an upgrade from my 2015 Jeep Renegade.

Leather seats with nice stitching, and the leather steering wheel was definitely superior to the Latitude’s. I don’t know that leather interior would work with my lifestyle. I have a horse and my car can easily get dirty with my riding equipment, however, the leather did push the Limited’s quality above the Latitude.

2017 Jeep Renegade

2017 Jeep Renegade Technology

The 2017 Jeep Renegade Limited also had more digital display aspects to it. It had updated temperature controls and it had the guide lines on the backup camera for when you are in reverse, which my Latitude doesn’t have. Also, something to note, that I just figured out when my parents were up here last week, the Latitude does not have cup holders in the back. There are a couple of slots in the doors, but those don’t work well for all types of beverages. An important thing to keep in mind if you are going to have back-seat riders on more than one occasion.

2017 Jeep Renegade

Jeep Renegade Easter Eggs

Another thing to note: there is a secret compartment in the back of the Renegade where you can store extra things if needed. Speaking of fun extras, there are also hidden “Easter eggs” or fun surprises too. There is a Bigfoot on the back window of my Latitude, and a fun little Jeep on the front window. Another fun, modern feature is the quirky, X-shaped tail lights. It really adds to the character and personality of the Renegade, especially as it’s quite different looking than traditional Jeep models.

2017 Jeep Renegade

All-in-all, not a huge change in the two years since the Renegade has made its presence in the States, but there have been some upgrades. The technology is newer with the guided lines on the backup camera. Plus, the nicer leather makes all the difference while driving. I’ll still be sticking with my 2015 Jeep Renegade Latitude, though; I l­ike the My Sky® sunroof.

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