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The configurator tool on now includes the 2015 Renegade, providing every detail on pricing for the sporty little SUV. We brought you the basic pricing when it was announced at the media first drive two weeks back, but with the arrival of the “build your own” option on the Jeep website, we know exactly how much it will cost you to buy your ideal 2015 Renegade.

The destination charge, not included in the prices below, is $995 in the 48 states, across the board. All but Trailhawk are front wheel drive, with AWD being a $2,000 option.
First up is the Renegade Sport; it includes your choice of two black or black-and-sandstorm interiors and nine paints (white, black, Colorado Red, Commando, Glacier Metallic, Mojave Sand, Omaha Orange, Sierra Blue, and Solar Yellow).
The 1.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder mated to the 6-speed manual transmission is standard, but opting up to the 2.4L 4-cylinder and the 9-speed automatic transmission on either the FWD or AWD Renegade Sport raises the price by $1,200.

Standalone options for the Jeep Renegade Sport include a backup camera ($195), 16 inch aluminum wheels instead of the 16 inch steel wheels ($595), black side roof rails ($195), a full size spare tire ($195), and the MySky fixed removable roof system ($1,095).
Option packages include the $695 Sound Group, which adds a five inch touchscreen, 6 speakers, a GPS antenna, integrated voice controls with Bluetooth, a remote USB port, Sirius satellite radio and the UConnect 5.0 system while the $1,495 Power and Air Group adds Air Conditioning, Power Heated Mirrors and cruise control.

The 2015 Jeep Renegade Latitude starts at $21,295; upgrading from the base manual/1.4 engine to the automatic/2.4 costs $1,400, but includes 17 inch aluminum wheels. Colors are the same except for one more interior skin, “Bark Brown and Ski Gray.”

Standalone options for the Renegade Latitude include the interior tonneau cover ($75), remote start ($200), keyless entry ($295), navigation ($1,245), 18 inch aluminum wheels ($595), a full size spare ($195), a black painted roof ($495), the MySky fixed removable roof ($1,095) and the MySky retracting roof ($1,395).

There are four option packages for the 2015 Renegade Latitude. The $545 Cold Weather Group adds heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a windshield wiper de-icer and floor mats. The $595 Safety and Security Group includes Blind Spot and Cross Path Detection and a Security Alarm. The $795 Popular Equipment Group adds a 115 volt power outlet, a 40/20/40 split rear seat, 9 amplified speakers with a suibwoofer, dual zone climate control and 8-way power driver’s seat control with a 4-way manual passenger’s seat. The $995 Advanced Technology Group adds Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure, and rear parking assistance. Finally the Trailer Tow package, available only on AWD cars, adds $495 to the final price.

Buyers who want more luxury can opt for the Renegade Limited, which starts at $24,795, with a standard 2.4L engine and 9-speed automatic. There are two interior options, both leather: black, and Bark Brown and Ski Gray. Colors are white, black, Colorado Red, Commando, Glacier Metallic, Mojave Sand, and Sierra Blue.

Standalone interior options for the 2015 Renegade Limited include the tonneau ($75), keyless entry ($295), a 9-speaker system with a subwoofer ($495) and navigation ($1,245), while exterior options include 18 inch polished aluminum wheels, ($395), a full size spare ($195) and the MySky retracting roof ($1,395).

The Renegade Limited is so heavily appointed in standard form that there are only three option packages, the Safety and Security Group, the Advanced Technology Group, and the Trailer Tow Package (4WD only). Safety and Security costs $595 and adds Keyless Entry and Remote Start, while the Advanced Technology packages costs $995 and includes Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure. and the ParkSense rear parking assist system. Finally, the Trailer Tow package, for AWD only, adds $495 to the final price.

The package for those who want off-road prowess is Renegade Trailhawk, starting at $25,995 including AWD, 2.4L engine, and 9-speed automatic transmission. It only comes with black interiors, but has all nine exterior colors offered, including a unique Anvil.

Standalone options are the tonneau ($75), remote start ($200), keyless entry ($295), 9 amplified speakers with a subwoofer ($495), and navigation ($1,245). Standalone exterior options include the black hood decal ($150) the fixed MySky roof ($1,095) and the retractable MySky roof ($1,395).

Renegade Trailhawk has five option packages. The first is the $395 Trailer Tow Group which adds a hitch receiver along with a 4-pin and 7-pin harness plug assembly. Next is the Cold Weather Group which costs $495 and adds heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a windshield wiper de-icer system. The $595 Safety and Security Group adds Blind Spot and Cross Path Detection and a security alarm. The $745 Popular Equipment Group for the Renegade Trailhawk adds a 40/20/40 split rear seat, the 9-speaker system, dual zone climate control, and an 8-way power driver’s seat with 4-way lumbar adjustment.

Finally, for 2015 Renegade Trailhawk buyers who want their off-road read beast to be as luxurious as possible, we have the $1,495 Trailhawk Premium Group. This adds black leather seats, the 40/20/40 split rear seat, dual zone climate control, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, the power driver’s seat and the windshield wiper de-icer. The Trailhawk Premium package also comes with the Remote Start and Keyless Entry systems, adding on another $495 and effectively bringing the price of this top of the line option package to $1,990.

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Why do Car Seats Expire?

This may come as a shock to some drivers, though hopefully NOT ones with kids. Believe it or not children’s car seats actually have expiration dates, though not because they’re made of dairy products or tuna salad.

Just like that tub of sour cream buried in the back of your fridge, the one that’s lived through four power outages and gone undiscovered for the better part of a year, child seats go bad. “Most or all car-seat manufacturers have an expiration date,” said Chad Sparling, director of engineering for Recaro Child Safety. Typically they’re printed on a label or molded into the plastic on the bottom of the seat he said.

The lifespan for child seats typically ranges between six and 10 years. Simple boosters will generally last for a decade while more complicated units designed for infants and babies are rated for less time.

Curiously these expiration dates are not required. “The government does not mandate but they recommend six years,” Sparling said. Car-seat manufacturers are really the ones pushing expiration dates. Naturally this boosts sales but their motivation for it is not without merit.

There are actually a several reasons why seats expire, not the least of which is that engineering improvements and safety regulations are always changing. “Basically you want to make sure you’ve got the latest and greatest when you’re using it for your child,” Sparling said.

Beyond the relentless pace of innovation baby boosters just wear out plain and simple. “Most car seats are made from plastic, which works very well,” he said.

But over time, this material can fatigue and start to crack, severely hampering the seat’s ability to protect your child in an accident. Depending on the climate, “It can see a really cold day and it can see a really hot day … The same seat is used in both instances.” This can accelerate plastic’s degradation.

And extreme temperatures aren’t the only things car seats have to deal with. Sparling said if you’re using the seat every day with numerous installations or constantly driving over rough terrain this can cause issues as well. With heavy-duty use you may want to replace your child’s car seat more frequently.

Seats should also be discarded if they’ve ever been in a crash, even a minor one. Sparling said, “NHTSA allows you to [re]use a seat if the vehicle can be driven away from the accident,” though he does not recommend this.

But what about used car seats, is it ok to put your child in one? Not surprisingly Sparling said, “The answer to that is no.” You do not want to purchase a second-hand seat because you have no idea whether it’s been handled improperly or in an accident, so avoid that screaming deal at your local Salvation Army. It may save you some money but is it really worth the risk?

What to Look for in a Child Seat

When shopping for a car seat it’s important to look for one that encourages a good pre-crash position. If your child fits comfortably in the seat they’ll be less likely to squirm around plus they’ll probably be a lot less likely to cry.

Sparling said, “We try to add innovation to the seat,” including things like no-twist harnesses so it’s easier to strap a child in. Recaro also emphasizes full-body side-impact protection. Generous bolsters on their seats help shield children during transverse crashes. This is an innovation that comes straight from the firm’s racing heritage.

Memory foam for enhanced comfort, ventilated seat shells to keep kiddies cool and easy-to-install designs are other Recaro engineering highlights. For added peace of mind their seats are also assembled in the United States.

“You always want the best of the best,” said Sparling. Make sure the seats your children ride in have not expired.

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