The 2016 Renegade Vs. The Competition

July 12th, 2016 by

A white 2015 Jeep Renegade is driving on an empty road and is shown from above.

When Jeep first released its newest subcompact crossover, the intention was for it to replace both the Compass and Patriot in the future lineup. The 2016 Renegade proved to stand on its own four wheels, however, and became a permanent fixture in the Jeep lineup without phasing out either of the brand’s other nameplates. Jeep dealers in Colorado Springs and around the rest of the United States have experienced first hand just how impressive this five-door SUV is, as the 2016 Renegade continues to roll right over the competition in nearly every aspect.

But First, a Short Walk Down Memory Lane…

The Renegade name may not be a vehicle that elicits an immediate picture in your head, like the Wrangler or Grand Cherokee would. While this subcompact crossover may not be widely recognized at the moment, it is poised to make quite a stir in its ever growing segment.

Jeep first produced the Renegade for the 2015 model year, after debuting it at the Geneva Motor Show in Spring of 2014. Built in Italy alongside the Fiat 500X, the Renegade was the first ever model in Jeep’s lineup to be produced in its entirety outside of the United States. Available throughout Europe, South Africa, Brazil, and North America, the Jeep Renegade appeals to a wide variety of drivers across many different cultures.

The newest model year of the subcompact has hit dealer showrooms in several countries, and while it did not receive any major changes since its debut less than two years ago, it is still managing to take the competition by storm.

Earning Respect and Winning Awards

A yellow 2015 Jeep Renegade is kicking up sand in a dune.


The Renegade is the smallest vehicle to ever wear the Jeep emblem, but in its second model year, it continues to prove itself worthy of such an honor. In just two years on the market, the Renegade has caught the attention of several industry insiders, earning awards and accolades that the competition has not. The 2015 Renegade took home five awards from Kelley Blue Book, including “10 Tech Savviest Cars Starting Under $20,000,” and “10 Favorite New-For-2015 Cars.” Other impressive mentions for the first model year included Autoweek’s “2015 Editor’s Choice Award – Most Fun,” and Ward’s “10 Best Interiors” award.

The 2016 Renegade has earned a “Consumers’ Digest Automotive Best Buy” award, recognition by IHS Automotive as the “Highest Model Loyalty in the Non-Luxury Compact CUV Segment,” and has been named the “Compact Crossover Utility Vehicle in Texas” by the Texas Auto Writers Association.

With all of these awards under its hood, it should come as no surprise that the Renegade is taking on the competition in a way like no other subcompact crossover could.


Stacking Up to the Competition

A black 2015 Jeep Renegade is driving on a desert road.

The base model of the 2016 Renegade starts at just under $18,000, barely squeaking by as the second most affordable Jeep in the lineup by $300. There are not many direct competitors in the still-growing subcompact SUV segment, but that doesn’t mean there is any lack of competition. The three subcompacts that go head-to-head with the Renegade include the Honda HR-V, the Chevrolet Trax, and the Buick Encore. Because the segment is still so small, each of these vehicles needs to overcompensate to prove themselves worthy of purchase, and consumer loyalty.

  • Price: Hands down, the Jeep Renegade wins this round, offering the lowest starting MSRP and comparably equipped price. The Renegade’s base price is $17,995, while the Honda HR-V will cost drivers at least $19,215. The Chevy Trax comes in third, with its base price of $20,300, and the Buick Encore will cost car buyers the most with its starting MSRP of $24,065.
  • Powertrain: The Renegade and HR-V come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, while the Trax and Encore offer a six-speed automatic transmission for its base models. The Jeep Renegade comes with the highest horsepower of 160, with Honda’s subcompact coming in a distant second with a 141 horsepower engine. All four models come standard with front wheel drive.
  • Entertainment: Since Jeep first produced civilian vehicles, they have been providing drivers with minimal bells and whistles on all base models. The Renegade is no exception, which is why the competition wins out in this category. Equipped only with a basic AM/FM stereo and four speakers, what the Renegade lacks in entertainment, it makes up for in other important areas.
  • Interior Capacity: Each of these subcompact crossovers offer the same relative amount of interior room, with Jeep owning the advantage for cargo room. Offering 51 cubic feet to store cargo, the Renegade wins out over both the Trax and Encore that max out at 48 cubic feet. All four models have seating for up to five passengers, a standard in this segment.
  • Interior Convenience: While Jeep may be bare bones in standard entertainment offerings, the iconic brand does not sacrifice driver convenience. The only vehicle in its segment to include overhead console storage, the Renegade is also the only subcompact crossover to feature a locking, illuminated glovebox in its base model. The base Renegade offers rear reading lights for passenger convenience, split bench seating with a fold-flat front passenger seat, and a sliding front center armrest. Despite it having the most expensive price tag, the Encore leaves out the split-bench feature, the illuminated/locking glove box, and rear reading lights. The HR-V and the Trax offer these features alongside the Renegade.
  • Warranty: It has been said before, and for good reason, that there is nothing quite like a Jeep warranty. This category is where any Jeep vehicle stays far ahead of the competition, and rightly so. The only vehicle in the subcompact crossover segment to offer a 100,000 mile powertrain warranty, and a 100,000 mile roadside assistance warranty, the 2016 Renegade will take your money further than its competitors.

The Clear WinnerA silver 2015 Jeep Renegade is crossing a puddle on a woodland trail.

The Jeep Renegade isn’t just proving itself within its iconic brand name, but throughout the automotive world. Taking on big brands such as Buick, Honda, and Chevrolet, the Renegade is living up to its name as a true revolutionary. The 2016 Renegade is giving drivers the option to save money at the pump, without having to cram themselves inside an uncomfortable subcompact coupe. With the option for four-wheel-drive, advanced technology, and interior enhancements, the Renegade is helping define the newly formed subcompact crossover segment – and we can’t wait to see what it does next.

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