The Jeep has always had a special place in my heart. As I have mentioned in previous posts and videos, it was my first car. I had a 1987 Wrangler and it just had a certain feel to it; allowing you do take the top down and at the same time crawl over end of the world debris and floods. Now every single day, you don't need this capability, but everybody wants some comfort now.
The current Jeep Wrangler has a similar feel, but the Renegade has shown up as a smallish option built on a Fiat chasis that can still do all the big boy stuff and also fit into a cheaper rental car fleet. I had a chance to drive one through a short off-road course, nothing overly difficult, but it gave me the feeling of fun in a Jeep again. I really enjoyed this thing and highly recommend you check them out. You will be paying Jeep prices, which means more than your normal small SUV/crossover, but at the same time this thing is loaded with easter eggs and Jeep heritage - which has to be worth a little something extra, right?