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Jeep’s new Renegade: Simplicity is its own reward

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Conveyor of military brass and even limited firepower.

Four different driving modes allow setting the AWD for automatic, mud, sand, or snow road conditions.

With no options, at $20,990 including destination the Sport offers four-wheel drive, black body trim, and love-'em-or-hate-'em steel wheels painted flat black.

This turbocharged engine and transmission combination unfortunately shines a light on throttle lag, however, which is one particular bit of engine dynamic behavior that many other manufacturers have long since been able to minimize.

To minimize spikes in emissions due to transients when the throttle is sharply opened or closed, manufacturers often soften those throttle opening and closing rates.

On a closing throttle, this sort of strategy certainly cleans up some emissions spikes, but it can also cause the engine to decelerate—or idle down—frustratingly slowly.

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