The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek and 2017 Jeep Renegade are two popular compact crossovers with the same mission: fun in the sun. Both crossovers aim for younger buyers who could pitch a tent blindfolded. With one hand. In a rainstorm. In less than 5 minutes.
What we mean is, both the Crosstrek and Renegade are the types of cars you'd expect to find in the parking lot at REI. They're both as useful as a well-made backpack, but only one gets our nod as the pick to hit the trails this year.