Phone, GPS and Tablet Mounts for a Jeep Renegade

My iPhone mounted in a Jeep RenegadeI recently had the opportunity to drive a 2015 Jeep Renegade.  You shouldn’t be shocked to know that one of the first things I wanted to do was mount my smartphone in the Jeep Renegade.  This is one of the more challenging vehicles to mount anything in.  So here’s our article to help owners of a Jeep Renegade looking to mount a cell phone, tablet or GPS in their vehicle.

The Jeep Renegade has compact almost squished interior.  I had plenty of leg room and didn’t feel confined but when it came time to find a suitable place to mount anything, it was difficult.  There are a few reasons for this which I will cover in this article.

One of my favorite places to mount a GPS or cell phone is the air vent.  The middle air vents in the Jeep Renegade have a lip just beneath them which nullifies the ability to mount anything on this location.  If mounting a phone, the bottom of that lip pushes the phone forward, so forget a magnetic vent mount.  Also forget anything with a cradle.

The presence of that lip also rules out use of traditional cradle mounts which have a stabilizer bar built into the bottom of the mount.  This means that a vent mount isn’t going to work unless you don’t mind using the vent all the way in the corner of the vehicle.  I don’t recommend using that location because your eyes need to divert to an inconvenient location.  So much for the vent.

The next place I decided to check was the windshield.  I went to my go-to mount for this location which is the Arkon MegaGrip Suction Cup Windshield and Dash Mount.  This worked ok and that’s my Apple iPhone 6s Plus in the photo that accompanies this article.  The trick is to avoid that big black part that the mirror attaches to.  You need to stick the mount very low on the windshield so the big black thing doesn’t get in the way.

The suction mount features a vacuum locked suction assembly attached to a pivoting arm.  The phone can swivel into any orientation.  The mount also comes with an adhesive disk that you can stick to the dash to turn the mount into a console mount (don’t do this until you read the next paragraph).  The suction assembly can adhere to the adhesive disk just like it would on a windshield.  I used these on the windshield of several other cars and they work great.

The same mount but for a Garmin GPS is the Arkon Windshield Dash Garmin Nuvi Suction Mount.  I have recommended this one over the many years it has been available and have used it myself.  It’s an excellent mount that comes with a 2-year warranty.  It’s more rugged and longer than the Garmin mount you received in the box.

You may also want to consider an extra long suction cup solution such as the Arkon Extendable Smartphone and Midsize Tablet Mount.  The cradle is spring-loaded and expands to over 7 inches .  It’s going to fit most smartphones and tablets up to an Apple iPad Mini.  The mount itself has a metal arm that can extend from 14.5 to 18.5 inches.  The cradle rotates 360 degrees so your tablet can be in portrait or landscape mode.  The suction cup has a vacuum lock to maintain a secure connection.  The metal arm will keep the tablet very steady in normal environments.

Mounting a full size tablet can be a bit of challenge and I recommend the Arkon Car Seat Bolt Floor Mount for Tablets.  The mount has a hook on the bottom that fits under the seat bolt.  Installation is easy and takes five minutes.  Be sure to use a wrench or pliers when installing these.  Don’t hand tighten the bolt.  Use the wrench or pliers because it needs to be completely tight to ensure the weight of the tablet doesn’t compromise the mount.  The mount itself is made of metal and is flexible so when your tablet isn’t in the mount, it can be bent out of the way so a passenger can sit without a problem.

What about a dash mount?  That’s another place I checked out.  The Jeep Renegade has this crazy circular shaped vent enclosure and it continues onto the contour of the dash.  Most dash mounts aren’t going to work well because there isn’t enough clearance.  You can also forget about mounting a tablet here.  Simply not enough space.  While the clearance on the dash is sparse, you can mount a small dash camera such as a Garmin Dash Cam 30 or 35 without a problem.

Maybe a CD Player mount?  There’s no CD Player.  At least not in the Jeep Renegade I was driving.

How about a cup holder mount?  The Jeep Renegade cup holders are located way down near the floor between the seats.  You will not be able to see the device.  The cup holders are completely out of the question.

I have to admit, this is one of the more difficult cars to mount anything in.  The interior design rules out a lot of my go-to mounting locations.  So bottom line:  windshield suction mounts attached low on the windshield work best.