2020 Jeep Renegade

2020 Jeep Renegade Review: One-Of-A-Kind Off-Roader

by Roger Biermann

Eager to prove that a Jeep is still a Jeep, no matter how small, the Detroit manufacturer has gone full retro with the subcompact Renegade crossover. Sharing a platform with its corporate sibling, the Fiat 500X, the Renegade packs cutesy styling in a box-shaped package but also caters to those with a sense of adventure by offering all-wheel-drive and a 'Trail-Rated' badge. That means serious business in the world of Jeep, and no other subcompact is this capable off-road, but while the ability to conquer the unknown and one of the best infotainment interfaces in the industry bode well for the rugged Renegade, a nine-speed automatic gearbox as the only transmission choice is a serious downer. Paired to either a 180-horsepower naturally aspirated 2.4-liter or 177-hp 1.3-liter turbo motor, the powertrain options are glaring faults. In a segment jam-packed with the Kia Seltos, Hyundai Kona, and Honda HR-V, can bold styling overcome substandard hardware? This time, we're not so sure it can.

2020 Jeep Renegade Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 Renegade?

For 2020, Jeep has bolstered the Renegade's list of available features. A new global telematics box module is now standard on all models, while a nine-speaker Kenwood audio system also becomes available. These additions are, however, subject to late availability.

On the Sport and Upland trims, the Safety and Security Group is now available and features the likes of blind-spot monitoring and rain-sensing wipers. On Latitude variants equipped with the 2.4-liter engine, the LED Lighting Group is available (with LEDs for the headlamps, fog lamps, and daytime running lights). The Advanced Tech Group bundles together forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, auto high-beam headlamps and more and is now available on all Sport models, along with the Latitude trim (when specified with the 2.4L engine). The latter trim can now also be ordered with 19-inch wheels. The North Edition and High Altitude trims have been added to the range.

Pros and Cons

  • Broadened feature availability this year
  • Chunky, appealing styling
  • Admirable off-roading ability
  • Uconnect infotainment system works brilliantly
  • Practical cargo hatch
  • Disappointing engines
  • Slow-witted automatic transmission
  • Wind noise intrudes at higher speeds
  • Few options for cabin storage
  • Unimpressive fuel economy
  • Awkward driving position

2020 Jeep Renegade Trims

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Sport
2.4-liter Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$22,375
Jeepster
2.4-liter Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$22,375
Upland
2.4-liter Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$23,875
North Edition
2.4-liter Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$23,875
Orange Edition
2.4-liter Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$24,395

Renegade Exterior

The Renegade's cheeky, retro appearance stands out in this segment. The seven-slot grille is immediately recognizable as purely Jeep, while the rounded headlamps and trapezoidal wheel arches surrounded by plastic cladding give it a purposeful air. The base model gets 16-inch black-style steel wheels, but up to 19-inch alloys are available on upper trims. Daytime running lamps and power-adjustable mirrors are standard across the range, with features like automatic headlamps, cornering front fog lamps, and rain-sensing wipers becoming available as you cycle through the trim levels. A power dual-pane sunroof is available, as is a removable sunroof for that authentic open-air Jeep experience.

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Dimensions

The subcompact Renegade measures 66.5 inches in height, 79.6 inches in width (including the side mirrors), and 166.6 inches in length. The wheelbase is 101.2 inches long. This makes the Jeep a little bigger than the Subaru Crosstrek, but shorter than the Jeep Cherokee. Curb weight ranges from 3,161 pounds for versions equipped with the 1.3-liter turbo and 2WD to 3,527 lbs for the Trailhawk 4WD equipped with the same engine.

The Renegade is a solid off-roader with ground clearance maxing out at 8.7 inches for the Trailhawk 4x4. The SUV's approach angle varies between 17.9 inches (for the 4x2) to 30.5 inches (for the Trailhawk 4x4), while the breakover angle is between 21.2 (4x2) and 25.7 inches (Trailhawk 4x4). The departure angle starts at 29.7 inches for the 4x2 and goes up to 34.3 inches for the Trailhawk 4x4.

  • Length 166.6 in
  • Wheelbase 101.2 in
  • Height 66.5 in
  • Max Width 74.2 in
  • Front Width 60.6 in
  • Rear Width 60.6 in

Exterior Colors

A choice of 11 colors comprises the Renegade's color palette, although not every trim has access to the same range of shades. Models like the base Sport and high-ranking Trailhawk get availability to the full range, with conservative shades like the no-cost Alpine White as well as $245 hues like Glacier Metallic, Black, Granite Crystal Metallic, Sting Gray, and Slate Blue. The more visually arresting hues are Jetset Blue, Bikini Metallic, Colorado Red, and Omaha Orange. The Renegade has extensive black body cladding which works quite well when offset against the more adventurous color choices. The Limited, North Edition, and High Altitude trims have a smaller selection of available colors, while the Jeepster is the only model with access to Brilliant Blue metallic.

  • Bikini Metallic Clearcoat
  • Glacier Metallic Clearcoat
  • Granite Crystal Metallic Clearcoat
  • Jetset Blue Clearcoat
  • Sting-Gray Clearcoat
  • Omaha Orange Clearcoat
  • Slate Blue Pearlcoat
  • Black Clearcoat
  • Colorado Red Clearcoat
  • Black Clearcoat
  • Alpine White Clearcoat
  • Brilliant Blue Metallic Clear Coat

Renegade Performance

The Renegade isn't a particularly potent SUV, regardless of which engine you opt for. The less expensive versions make use of a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque, while the other engine choice is a 1.3-liter turbocharged four-pot with 177 hp and 210 lb-ft. All models are front-wheel drive by default with the 4x4 drivetrain available as an option, but the Upland, North Edition, and Trailhawk are all 4x4 exclusively and are among the most rugged and capable subcompacts around.

Equipped with the turbocharged engine, 0-60 mph takes a leisurely nine seconds and the base 2.4-liter will go no faster than that. If you want an SUV with more of an on-road bias, the Renegade's sluggish performance will disappoint.

The Jeep is more in its element off-road, where available gear like hill descent control and the Active Drive Low 4x4 system (with low range - a segment-exclusive) affords a crawl ratio of 21:1. The Selec-Terrain system features driving modes for Snow, Mud, Rock, and Snow, and the Jeep's wading depth of 19 inches will prove useful in off-road excursions. If you want to tow, go for the 4x4 with a maximum towing capacity of 2,000 lbs - Jeep says that towing isn't recommended for FWD models.

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Engine and Transmission

There are two four-cylinder engines to choose from within the Renegade range: a Tigershark 2.4-liter naturally aspirated motor and a 1.3-liter turbo. The larger-capacity engine produces 180 hp and 175 lb-ft, while the turbocharged motor has peak outputs of 177 hp and 210 lb-ft. The sole transmission is a nine-speed automatic.

Whichever engine you look at, the truth is you'll be met with disappointment. The Tigershark lacks impetus and low-end torque, and doesn't feel particularly happy to be wrung out either, while the turbocharged engine has the torque, but is held back by arguably the worst implementation of an automatic gearbox the year 2020 has on offer. Shifts are ill-timed, the 'box constantly hunts for gears and never settles on an appropriate one, and even manual shift prompts don't help as the transmission simply ignore them. What's more, nine gears are of no use when eighth and ninth are never actually engaged, not even while cruising at highway speeds with minimal throttle inputs. A manual would no doubt improve the experience, but as things stand, the powertrain options as-is are simply infuriating.

  • Engines
    1.3-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 2.4-liter Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmission
    9-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    4X4, FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

The Renegade deserves props as the only subcompact SUV on the market with genuine off-road chops. The Trailhawk, with a low-range transfer case, multiple off-road modes, and stubbly all-terrain tires, is a genuinely capable machine for getting into the great outdoors, and if you're on a subcompact budget with Wrangler-sized ambitions, it's the only crossover worth looking at. But, subcompact crossovers are almost never taken off-road. In fact, their domain is city streets and, at most, grass curbs at little Timmy's soccer match.

In the environment where these cars are likely to be driven the most, the Renegade is woefully underequipped. Not only is road noise problematic due to the boxy proportions and upright windscreen, but the driving dynamics are severely flawed. Look past the handicapped powertrains and you're met with lifeless steering that's vague in both feedback and responses and suspension that mixes the wrong aspects of spring and damper configurations. The springs are soft - ideal for comfort, but the dampers fail to mitigate most corrugations. You're left with a package that lurches over in corners but fails to be truly comfortable.

The brakes are soft, but ultimately still do the job set out for them, but the overall experience is one found lacking in many aspects. The stop-start system is flawed, too, and we regularly found ourselves attempting to pull away only for the engine to not start up and the car to roll back towards traffic behind us. It's not ideal.

Renegade Gas Mileage

Perhaps if the Renegade's engines were exceptionally frugal, we could forgive them for the lack of firepower. This isn't the case, though, with distinctly average economy numbers. The most fuel-efficient EPA-rated numbers in the range are for the 1.3-liter turbo in 2WD guise, which returns 24/32/27 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycles. Opting for the 4x4 drivetrain will see those numbers dip to 23/29/26 mpg. The range's worst consumption figures are 22/27/24 mpg for the off-road-focused Trailhawk 1.3-liter with 4x4. The 2.4-liter 4x4 returns a similar 21/29/24 mpg. With a 12.7-gallon gas tank, the thriftiest model should be able to manage a combined cruising range of about 343 miles. For perspective, the Subaru Crosstrek automatic returns 27/33/30 mpg. In real-world testing, our 1.3-liter FWD tester was unable to match claimed figures achieving closer to 24 mpg combined. We blame the frustrating automatic gearbox for this, though, as we regularly had to resort to ham-fisted throttle inputs to yield desired results.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    12.7 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 22/30 mpg
* 2020 Jeep Renegade Sport FWD

Renegade Interior

Like the exterior, the Renegade's cabin has enough unusual shapes and touches to keep things interesting, such as the sturdy grab handle ahead of the front passenger. The materials are about average for the class, which means a mix of soft-touch plastics and some harder edges dotted around the interior. Generally, there is a decent amount of space on offer, the only issue being rear legroom for taller passengers. Manual air-conditioning is standard on the base model, but the upper trims get dual-zone climate control. Likewise, the upholstery ranges from simple cloth at the lower end of the range to premium leather for the most expensive versions. The infotainment system is either five, seven, or 8.4 inches in size, depending on which model you go for.

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Seating and Interior Space

For those who never venture into the rear of the cabin, the Renegade feels absolutely massive. The upright dash and windscreen design paired with the broad glasshouse gives the impression that this is a much larger vehicle, with an abundance of shoulder room and frontal head- and legroom measurements of up to 41.2 inches and 41.2 inches respectively. But the seats lack support, and when the soft suspension is factored in, occupants may be looking for more assistance when roads get rough. Sadly, hopping into the rear of the cabin results in an altogether different experience, and while the broad opening doors make ingress and egress easy, the capacious front half of the cabin means that rear occupants are left with just 35.1 inches of legroom. Headroom is more than ample at 40.5 inches, but the seating position in the back is awkward and impractical, and not comfortable on long journeys. Nevertheless, the width of the cabin means seating five in total is a fairly achievable target.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.2 in
  • Front Head Room 41.1 in
  • Rear Leg Room 35.1 in
  • Rear Head Room 40.5 in

Interior Colors and Materials

Material quality inside the Renegade is generally on par for the subcompact segment, but it's not at all what one might consider to be high quality. A mix of hard and soft-touch plastics are present, with the harder plastics generally given a satin finish borrowed from the larger Cherokee, albeit available in a range of colors so you can match the center console to your exterior paint choice on certain trims.

In terms of upholstery finishes, the Sport starts off with Washington Cloth and Mesh Cloth available in either Black or Sandstorm, with Latitude models boasting similar fabric but with the addition of Capellini-embossed cloth and a new Ski Grey color with Iced Blue accents. The top-of-the-line Trailhawk may retain cloth in black, but it features a topographic map design to highlight its adventurous nature, and it can be upgraded to McKinley leather with Ruby Red stitching as well. From the Limited, it's all leather, with the choice between black and Ski Grey. Further sub-models get their own specific trimmings, like the Altitude's Deluxe Cloth in black ith gloss black cabin accents and the High Altitude's premium leather with Tungsten accent stitching.

Renegade Trunk and Cargo Space

With the rear seats in their normal position, the Renegade has 18.5 cubic feet of cargo space. This would be good for a sedan, but in an SUV, it's only average. It's much the same story when folding down the rear seats, which frees up an unremarkable 50.8 cubes. Lower trims have a 60/40-split rear seat, while only higher-spec models get a more practical 40/20/40-split rear seat design. Not helping matters is the cargo hold's narrow width and high floor, but fortunately, the aperture is broad and square, which makes loading large items easier than the limited space might suggest..

In the cabin, storage for small items is a bit better, with well-sized door bins and a practical center console. A locking glovebox, seatback pockets (on higher trims), and cupholders that are a decent size round out the storage solutions.

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Renegade Infotainment and Features

Features

More functional than opulent, the entry-level Renegade gets features like cruise control, push-button ignition, halogen headlamps, power-adjustable and heated mirrors, manual air-conditioning, a 12-volt auxiliary power outlet, a six-way manually-adjustable driver's seat, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with integrated audio controls. The pricier trims have increased availability of features, more standard equipment, or both, with amenities such as a heated steering wheel, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Lane departure warning and rear park assist are available as part of the safety package, as is blind-spot monitoring.

Infotainment

The Renegade's infotainment functionality is split between three available systems. Standard on the Sport is a five-inch display running Uconnect 3, with limited functionality that includes Bluetooth and AM/FM radio as well as voice control. Optional here, but standard from the Latitude, the seven-inch Uconnect 4 touchscreen is the first system that truly shows off, with built-in Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, crisp graphics, and a logical layout. Optionally available, Uconnect 4C upgrades to the larger 8.4-inch screen and equips a full range of features including HD Radio, GPS navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio, and a five-year subscription to SiriusXM Traffic Plus services. A six-speaker sound system is standard on all models but optional from the Latitude is a Kenwood nine-speaker system - highly recommended in place of the tinny six-speaker setup.

Overall, the functionality of the seven and 8.4-inch systems is a highlight for the Renegade, but the base system is truly unimpressive.

Renegade Problems and Reliability

While J.D. Power hasn't yet issued an overall rating for the Jeep Renegade, the 2020 model has been recalled twice, once for a fractured right rear brake caliper and one for a lingering rearview camera image. Last year, there were three further recalls.

Jeep's basic warranty runs for three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. Also included is a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for five years or 60,000 miles, and five-year rust-through coverage regardless of miles covered.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles

Renegade Safety

The Renegade missed out on a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA, scoring four stars instead. The side barrier and side pole ratings were a bit of a mixed bag, with five stars for the front seats but three for the rear. The IIHS named the Renegade a Top Safety Pick in 2019, with a spread of Good ratings for all crashworthiness tests besides the small overlap front passenger-side test, for which it was rated as Acceptable.

US NHTSA crash test result

  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Key Safety Features

Before ticking off any options, the Renegade ships with seven airbags, all-speed traction control, electronic stability control, electronic roll mitigation, hill-start assist, a rearview camera, trailer-sway control, and a tire-pressure monitoring system. Hill-descent control is standard on the off-road-focused Trailhawk.

While several driver aids are available, it's a pity that none are standard. So, by means of a package upgrade, you can get access to lane departure warning, lane keep assist, full-speed forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-path detection. Jeep's ParkSense rear park assist feature makes parking a safer task, although it first requires lane departure warning and lane keep assist to be specced.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Jeep Renegade a good SUV?

The Renegade does several things right in the subcompact segment, with commanding visibility, unforgettable styling, and an infotainment system on upper trims that buyers will love. It also boasts unique bragging rights as the only subcompact crossover with genuine off-road bragging rights, and in Trailhawk guise, it's genuinely capable. But most buyers won't even consider the Trailhawk, and on-road, the Renegade is far from the best possible crossover around.

Both engine options are underpowered and are uncompetitive in the fuel economy stakes, and the nine-speed transmission does them no favors. It's the weakest link of an altogether poor chain, but the overly soft suspension and vague steering are also low points. Cabin space is also limited in terms of both the rear passengers and cargo volume, and while subcompacts aren't traditionally full-on family vehicles, they do need to be highly practical. The long and short of it is that unless you're looking at the Trackhawk, the rest of the line-up is simply unremarkable.

🚘What's the Price of the 2020 Jeep Renegade?

The Renegade range kicks off with the Sport trim at $22,620, a small $345 increase over last year's equivalent model. Next is the Jeepster at $24,270, the Latitude at $24,640, the Upland at $25,270, and the Altitude at $25,635, with the Orange Edition asking $25,690. The North Edition was introduced early in 2020 and carries an MSRP of $26,770. Taking a step up in features and capability is the Limited at $27,245, the Trailhawk at $28,215, and the High Altitude at $29,240. All prices are exclusive of taxes, licensing, registration, and Jeep's destination fee of $1,495.

While the Upland, North Edition, and Trailhawk are 4x4 by default, all other trims require an additional cost of $1,305 (Sport) or $1,500 (all other trims) when upgrading from 4x2 to 4x4. The base 2.4-liter engine can be replaced by the 1.3-liter turbo for an extra $1,495, although the latter engine isn't available on the Upland and North Edition. The Limited, Trailhawk, and High Altitude are fitted with the turbocharged engine by default.

2020 Jeep Renegade Models

Jeep's Renegade can be had in a choice of ten trims: Sport, Jeepster, Orange Edition, Upland, Latitude, Altitude, North Edition, Limited, Trailhawk, and High Altitude. The first seven trims employ the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine by default: it produces 180 hp and 175 lb-ft. Optional on the Sport, Latitude, and Altitude is the 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 177 hp and 210 lb-ft - this engine is standard on the top three trims. All models are front-wheel-drive besides the Upland, North Edition, and Trailhawk, which have a 4x4 drivetrain as standard. 4x4 is an option on all FWD versions. Common to all models is a nine-speed automatic transmission.

The Renegade Sport starts things off and has a black grille, black door handles, halogen headlamps with a time delay feature, and 16-inch black steel wheels. It gets only the basics inside, with manual air conditioning, a 3.5-inch driver information display, cloth seats, and a urethane-covered steering wheel. A six-speaker audio system and the Uconnect 3 infotainment system with Bluetooth and a five-inch touchscreen are fitted.

The Jeepster revives an iconic name and equips 19-inch alloy wheels, black exterior detailing, Jeepster decals, and the larger seven-inch Uconnect system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as keyless entry with remote start.

The Upland gets 17-inch alloy wheels and cornering front fog lamps. It also gets a standard remote start system. However, this version's main difference over the base Sport is its standard 4x4 drivetrain.

The Latitude trim is next. It swaps out the Sport's steel wheels for 17-inch alloys and also gets the Uconnect 4 infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Other enhancements to this trim are dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic headlamps, and cornering front fog lamps.

The Orange Edition is barely that, with orange accents on the wing mirrors and various srtips, as well as orange interior highlights. It gets 19-inch black alloy wheels and orange-outlined badging.

The Altitude is a bit more luxurious than the trims before it. It gets a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 17-inch gloss black alloy wheels, deluxe cloth high-back bucket seats, and vinyl door trim panels.

Equipped for wintery weather or colder climates, the North Edition gets 4x4 as standard, along with all-season tires, tow hooks, a Jeep trail-rated kit, heated seats, and a heated steering wheel. The Uconnect 4C infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touchscreen is standard, too.

Next is the Limited which gets 18-inch alloy wheels, premium leather seats with unique accent stitching, heated front seats, an eight-way power driver's seat (with power lumbar support), and a 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat. A leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel is also standard.

The Trailhawk trim is the toughest of all. It gets Jeep's Active Drive Low full-time 4x4 system which encompasses low range and a crawl ratio of 21:1. This trim's Selec-Terrain system features five traction settings, including Mud and Rock. All-season on/off-road tires and skid plates are also fitted.

Finally, there is the High Altitude trim. It may not be as well-equipped for the rough stuff as the Trailhawk, but adds to the Limited's specification with 19-inch Granite-painted alloy wheels, LED projector headlamps, low-gloss Grillz interior trim, a black-painted roof, and Granite Crystal Jeep badging.

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Additional Packages

On the base Sport, the Sport Appearance Group costs $945 and adds 17-inch alloy wheels, black side roof rails and other extras for a more enticing look. Upgrading to the better seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system costs $775, while the Advanced Tech Group II adds safety gear like adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning for $1,295. The Upland can't be upgraded to the latter safety package, but you can get the Safety and Security Group II with blind-spot and cross-path detection for $695.

Moving up a trim level to the Latitude avails the Popular Equipment Group for $695, with additions like a power driver's seat and an auto-dimming rearview mirror, along with the upgraded Uconnect system (with an 8.4-inch screen and navigation) for $1,345. The LED Lighting Group costs $695 and the Cold Weather Group (with heated front seats and a heated steering wheel) costs $795. These package upgrades are shared with the Altitude. The North Edition model has fewer packages, but you can still upgrade to the Exterior Appearance Group by Mopar (chrome front air deflector and more) for $550. The Safety and Security Group costs $645 and adds blind-spot/cross-path detection, auto headlamps, and rain-sensing wipers.

The Limited shares the Advanced Technology Group, LED Lighting Group, and Uconnect system upgrade with lower trims, with minor pricing variations.

On the Trailhawk, the Premium Leather Group adds leather bucket seats, a power driver's seat, heated front seats and more for $1,695. The Trailer-Tow Group costs $465 and adds a Class III hitch and a four-pin wiring harness, with the Cold Weather Group II ($695) adding heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a windshield wiper de-icer.

Finally, the High Altitude - already fully loaded - only has access to the Advanced Technology Group and the Safety and Security Group.

🚗What Jeep Renegade Model Should I Buy?

It's our opinion that in the subcompact segment, there are much better alternatives out there than the Renegade, particularly if you'll never stray beyond a gravel path. That's why unless you're considering a Trailhawk, we wouldn't even bother. The Trailhawk is ideal, though, as the only Trail Rated model in the range, equipped with different front and rear bumpers for improved off-road capabilities. It also gets a 4x4 drivetrain with a low-range transfer case and can tow up to 2,000 lbs. It looks rugged and behaves the part, but just like the Wrangler, the off-road focus comes at the further expense of on-road comfort.

2020 Jeep Renegade Comparisons

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CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Jeep Renegade180 hp22/30 mpg$22,375
Jeep Compass 180 hp23/32 mpg$22,280
Kia Soul 147 hp25/31 mpg$17,490

2020 Jeep Renegade vs Jeep Compass

The larger Compass starts off at $22,280, a mere $360 less than the base Jeep Renegade Sport. The two models also share a platform, the nine-speed automatic transmission, and the rather lackluster 2.4-liter engine. The major difference (besides their respective appearances) comes down to overall size, with the Compass measuring 173 inches in length, a full 6.4 inches longer than the Renegade. As you may imagine, this contributes to the Compass having more interior space and a larger trunk (27.2 cubic feet as opposed to the Renegade's 18.5). The heavier Compass is, however, saddled with the poor 2.4-liter engine and can't be had with the Renegade's turbocharged unit. At least you get a standard six-speed manual gearbox on the Compass, which eliminates some of the automatic transmission's performance-robbing habits. If you need more space, the Compass is a better option, but the Renegade's unique design and (slightly) better turbocharged engine are advantages in its favor.

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2020 Jeep Renegade vs Kia Soul

It's quite easy to separate these two competitors. Where the Jeep is much more suited to off-roading with an available 4x4 drivetrain on every trim, the Kia Soul is only offered with front-wheel-drive. Starting at just $17,490, the all-new Soul looks cooler than ever, but it also rides with more smoothness and composure than the rugged Renegade. You can have the Kia with a 201-hp turbocharged engine that endows it with far superior performance to both of the Jeep's powertrains, again driving home the message that the Korean is much better suited to the school run and even longer trips. A six-speed manual and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic do duty in the Soul, outclassing the Renegade's sub-par automatic. Throw in the Kia's extra interior space and its larger cargo area, and it's the clear winner here - unless, of course, you need to go off-road.

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