When life gives you lemons, you don’t make lemonade, you buy a Jeep and run over those stupid fruit and say, “to hell with lemonade.”
Joking aside, the last few weeks haven’t been the easiest for Niecie. About three weeks ago she totaled her car in an accident while on her way to visit her mother.
Thankfully, no one was hurt and the other party drove away with only minor damage, but Niecie’s little red Ford Fiesta, while drivable, was totaled. The Bingo, as her brother had named it, was dead.
The good news, Niecie’s insurance took care of everything and after about a week and a few dozen phone calls, she was handed a fat check to cover at least some of the cost of replacing her beloved mile-muncher.
Last weekend, we found a new, more adventurous mode of transport.
Meet the “K-Ute”
Make & Model: Jeep Renegade
Engine: 2.4L Tigershark i4 180HP 175 FT/LB
Transmission: 9 speed automatic
Curb weight: 3,532LBs
Wheelbase: 101 inches
Tires: Falken Wildpeak H/T
Drive Train: Front biased 4WD
Ground Clearance: 8.7-inches
Water Fording: 19-inches
Niecie’s new adventuremobile is a used 2016 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk in her signature red. With just 19,800 miles on the clock, it was practically new.
Much her to displeasure, I’ve taken to calling it the K-Ute because there’s no denying it, it’s a cute little ute.
Don’t let its cute exterior fool you, this little Jeep has some real off-road chops.
Jeep’s Active Drive Low four-wheel drive system and easy to use Selec-Trac terrain management system, make mild off-roading a no brainer. Add in a set of Falken Wildpeak all-season tires, and those shiny red tow hooks, and you’ve got one of the most capable small SUVs on the market.
As capable as the Renegade may be, you’re more likely to find us bombing down a sand track in it, then rock crawling. That’s not because it can’t, rather that’s not why Niecie bought it. She wanted a vehicle that was good looking, with plenty of ground clearance, adequate cargo, and a solid four-wheel drive system. The Renegade just happened to check all those boxes.
Her next adventuremobile could have easily been a small pickup if she hadn’t insisted on driving up to test drive a Renegade. Up until then, she’d had her heart set on a Nissan Frontier or a Chevy Colorado. After looking at so many trucks, I was convinced she wouldn’t be happy with the limited cargo capacity of the compact crossover.
I was wrong. She walked away with a smile on her face. She’d found exactly what she wanted. It didn’t have a pickup bed, but it had everything else she wanted and in the same compact package she was used to.
So, here’s hoping the Renegade will inspire an even more adventurous lifestyle for Niecie, the same way the Wrangler did for me.
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You’ll be seeing plenty about the Renegade in the coming months as Niecie is introduced to the Jeep community and takes her first steps off the pavement.
May you rest in pieces, Bingo, you will be missed.
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