Subaru Crosstrek Premium vs Jeep Renegade Latitude



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 Crosstrek and Renegade are available with plug-in hybrid powertrains for more money.

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


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

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

 175" 167"


 70.1" 71.0"

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



 Rear legroom



 Cargo space, seats up

22.3 cubic feet

cubic feet

 Cargo space, seats folded

51.9 cubic feet

cubic feet






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


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 Engines and Fuel Economy

Crosstrek is also available with hybrid powertrain or an optional 2.5 liter engine on the Sport and Limited models that returns 26 city, 34 highway. 

2.0 liter four cylinder
Boxer engine with
152 horsepower

Continuously variable
auto transmission: 
27 city, 33 highway

Six-speed manual:
23 city, 29 highway

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.



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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