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2017 Jeep Renegade Deserthawk 4×4 Test Drive Review

The limited-edition Deserthawk model joins the popular Jeep Renegade lineup for the 2017 model year to add even more flair and off-road capability options.

This small SUV draws its inspiration from the harsh conditions of the desert, and offers unique features and functionality.

Experience the edginess and best-in-class performance of the 2017 Jeep Renegade Deserthawk 4×4 with a closer look at our test model.


2017 Jeep Renegade Deserthawk 4×4 Exterior

What immediately sets apart the Deserthawk from the rest of the Renegade lineup is the model-exclusive graphics found on the exterior. The hood sports a topographical decal while the rear body panels feature military-inspired star decals in low gloss black.

This special edition Deserthawk also comes with 8.7 inches of ground clearance along with skid plates, signature front and rear red tow hooks, and rock rails to protect against road debris.

Our test model looked like it was ready for dry desert conditions with its Anvil exterior paint and 17-inch semi-gloss black aluminum wheels. It also backed up these visual cues with functional shielding for the transmission, transfer case, fuel tank, and front suspension.

Other notable exterior features for the 2017 Renegade Deserthawk include rain sensitive windshield wipers, trailer tow group, capless fuel fill, lower black cladding, and roof rails.


2017 Jeep Renegade Deserthawk 4×4 Interior

The Renegade Deserthawk’s rugged personality makes its way into the inside with leather bucket seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and bronze Moroccan sun accents throughout the cabin.

You’ll find a topographical map printed on the cloth seat inserts, along with Deserthawk embroidered seat stitching and a variety of Jeep-themed Easter eggs like the silhouette of a man hiking on the back windshield and an original Willys in the corner of the front windshield.

At the center of the dash is a 6.5-inch Uconnect infotainment system with navigation. This is your main access point for music, smartphone connectivity, vehicle settings, travel apps, and more. Uconnect supports voice commands, and also features a 5-year subscription to SiriusXM Traffic service — it’s one of the best performing and most intuitive in-car entertainment systems we’ve ever experienced.

A 40/20/40 split rear seat offers flexible cargo storage options, while an 8-way power adjustable driver seat with 4-way power lumbar support helps you find the perfect seating position.

Additional amenities include ambient LED lighting, tonneau cover, and My Sky power retractable/removable panels.

It’s immediately apparent that the interior of the Deserthawk has been designed with an active lifestyle in mind, and its hip, energetic appearance appeals to even the most discerning adventure-seekers.


2017 Jeep Renegade Deserthawk 4×4 Performance

Every Deserthawk is brought to life by a 2.4-liter I4 MultiAir engine. This peppy motor features advanced performance technologies like dual variable valve timing, and produces 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque.

A standard 9-speed automatic transmission delivers quick acceleration as well as low-speed crawl abilities when tackling off-road trails.

As a Trail-Rated Jeep, the Renegade Deserthawk features one of the most capable traction systems in any vehicle: Selec-Terrain with Rock Mode. Four driver-selectable modes — Auto, Snow, Sand, Mud, and Rock — automatically adjust the Deserthawk’s on-demand 4×4 system to easily traverse most low-traction surfaces.

Up to 8.1 inches of wheel articulation, Falken WildPeak H/T tires, and advanced features like hill descent control will give you the confidence to choose roads less traveled more often.

Fuel economy for the 2017 Jeep Renegade Deserthawk is an EPA estimated 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway**.


2017 Jeep Renegade Deserthawk 4×4 Safety

With over 70 standard and available safety and security features, the Renegade Deserthawk will help keep you and your passengers out of harm’s way.

Advanced technologies like electronic stability control, electronic roll mitigation, and hill start assist give you peace of mind so you can focus on the road ahead.

Our test model came equipped with the optional Safety and Security Group, which adds blind spot and cross path detection as well as a security alarm.

Other standard safety features include tire pressure monitoring display, multistage front airbags, ParkView rear back up camera, daytime running lamps, and speed control.


2017 Jeep Renegade Deserthawk 4×4 Overall

With the 2017 Renegade Deserthawk, you can really express your love for the outdoors with a variety of functional and aesthetically pleasing enhancements.

The 2017 Jeep Renegade Deserthawk has a starting MSRP of $26,895, and our test model came well-equipped for $33,265*.

Sample the ruggedness of the Deserthawk in person by visiting your local AutoNation-affiliated Jeep dealership.


*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

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