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Subaru Crosstrek vs Jeep Renegade

Subaru Crosstrek Premium vs Jeep Renegade Latitude



 

 


PLANET'S EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:

Planet Subaru has offered the small Subaru crossover, the Crosstrek, since the 2013 model year.  And now its competitor, the Jeep Renegade, has arrived at Planet Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram.  Renegade slots right under the Jeep Cherokee in price and size, just as the Subaru Crosstrek takes up a little less space in your garage and budget than does the Subaru Forester


In terms of driving dynamics, Renegade handles more like a traditional sport utility vehicle with an erect seating position and firm ride.  Crosstrek feels sportier, more at home on twisting roads with less lean in the corners.  Both are plenty peppy to merge on to the interstate.  


Crosstrek sprang to life from the "compact" Impreza platform, and Renegade from the "sub-compact" Fiat 500x platform, so the Crosstrek offers a little more cargo space and interior room.  Renegade is a late-comer to the mini-ute segment, capitalizing on a major shift in the auto industry toward crossover vehicles that have the economy of a car but the utility of a truck.   


Crosstrek comes standard with Subaru's legendary Symmetrical All Wheel Drive; Jeep offers Renegade in both front drive and four wheel drive.  Four wheel drive Renegades come standard with Selec-Terrain dial featuring multiple modes.  For serious off-roading, opt for the "Trail-Rated" Renegade Trailhawk edition specifically designed for rock crawling. 


Comparably equipped, the Renegade Latitude and Crosstrek Premium cost almost the exact same.  See Crosstrek pricing and models here.


Both come standard with many features:

  • Fog lights
  • Privacy glass
  • Touch screen infotainment systems
  • Alloy wheels
  • Power windows, mirrors, locks
  • Roof rails
  • Seven airbags (two front, two seat, two curtain, and one driver knee)





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Key Exterior Dimensions


 
 Ground clearance:
These are huge numbers for compact vehicles.


 
 Crosstrek Premium
 Renegade Latitude
 
 8.7" 

7.9"


(Front wheel drive:  6.7")
(Trailhawk: 8.7"
)
 
 



 Length:
Renegade sneaks you into tight Boston parking spaces, but Crosstrek's seven extra inches offer more comfort and utility.


 
 175" 167"
 
 




 Width:


 
 70.1" 71.0"
 
 




 Height:
Renegade's extra height combined with shorter overall length imparts a more classic boxy SUV appearance.

 
 63.6" 66.5"
 
 
 







Key Interior Dimensions


 Front legroom


 
43.5"





41.2
"






 Rear legroom


35.4"




 
35.1"






 Cargo space, seats up



22.3 cubic feet



 
18.5
cubic feet


 Cargo space, seats folded
 


51.9 cubic feet


 
50.8
cubic feet

 
 
 



 
Review

 



Crosstrek
Premium


 Renegade
Latitude




All Wheel Drive System

Crosstrek has full-time all wheel drive with no buttons to push.  Renegade's four wheel drive system gives you different modes depending on driving conditions. 
















2015 Jeep Renegade Instrument Cluster Driver Information Display


Selec-Trac Four Wheel Drive

Optional


Back up Camera
Back up camera is now standard on both except for the base Renegade model.













Driver Assistive Technology

Both Crosstrek and Renegade offer suites of optional technologies to help you drive more safely, even including automatic braking and lane departure warning if you're distracted. 












 





















 


"Advanced Technology Group"
Standard Engine and Fuel Economy
The large majority of Crosstreks are sold with the standard engine.  However, very few Renegades will be sold with the standard engine because it only comes with a manual transmission.
















2.0
liter four cylinder
Boxer engine with
148 horsepower


Continuously variable
auto transmission: 
26 city, 34 highway


Five-speed manual:
23 city, 30 highway


















1.4 liter four cylinder
 in-line turbo engine with
160 horsepower


No auto transmission
with this engine

Six-speed
manual transmission ONLY


We will update this segment after Jeep publishes fuel economy numbers













Optional Engines
Both incur an upcharge from the standard engine and come only with automatic transmission.  Crosstrek's hybrid powerplant is biased toward efficiency, Jeep's larger engine offers more power. 


2.0 liter hybrid boxer
 four cylinder engine

160 horsepower

Continuously variable
auto transmission


30 city, 34 highway






2.4
liter four cylinder
 in-line engine

184 horsepower

9 speed
auto transmission


21 city, 29 highway








Outward Visibility

On both Jeep and Crosstrek, upright bodies with big windows give better visibility than most vehicles.








 








 
Towing Capacity





1,500 pounds
(all models)

2,000 pounds
 (with 2.4 liter engine)



Optional Moonroof

Crosstrek offers conventional power moonroof.  With Renegade, you can retract the first panel, or remove both and store the panels in back.  








Regular moonroof







 
MySky two panel moonroof



Fuel fill

Renegade offers ingenious "capless" fuel filler system...just insert nozzle to begin fueling.












standard










 
capless




Crash tests

























Renegade test results
Infotainment systems
Both offer touch screen units with Bluetooth, smartphone integration, optional navigation, and many other features.









 


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If you're in the Boston, South Shore, Cambridge or Plymouth communities then you're going to love our comparison between the Subaru Crosstrek and the Jeep Renegade.  Plus, you'll love to buy or lease either one because you can get both at a Planet dealership!  Click to compare the Jeep Renegade with Jeep Cherokee.