2015 Jeep Renegade vs. Its Competition

2015 Jeep Renegade, Hollister, California, Jan 2015
John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

The 2015 Jeep Renegade is likely to sell well in the quickly-growing subcompact utility vehicle segment.

In personality, its closest competitor may be the slightly larger, hatchback-derived Subaru XV Crosstrek, a smash hit with standard AWD, rugged durability, and the ground clearance to handle light off-roading.

The highest-volume competitor is likely to be the new Chevy Trax, which is similarly upright and functional but doesn't have the Jeep cachet.

It shows how quickly the segment is growing that two other competitors--the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3, both subcompact crossover utility vehicles--haven't quite hit the market yet, though they will by the middle of the year.

Both the Honda and Mazda are more stylish, and more likely to be used for city and suburban driving than the tough but refined little Jeep.

The style-over-function priority also applies to the MINI Cooper Countryman as well, despite its available AWD.

It's also notably pricier than the Jeep.

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Quick Specs
7.6
The 2015 Jeep Renegade is a smart blend of ruggedness and livability that works as well in crowded cities as on muddy roads.
7.8
The 2016 Honda HR-V smartly trades a little of the Fit's fuel economy for exuberant styling, more headroom, and optional all-wheel drive.
8.0
The 2016 Mazda CX-3 is stylish, well-equipped, and one of the most fun-to-drive vehicles in its segment.
7.6
The 2015 Chevrolet Trax offers a useful hatchback shape in a smart package that's more practical than it is stylish.
8.0
The mildly updated 2015 MINI Countryman is a versatile compact crossover, one of the smallest on the market, that maintains MINI's character and fun-to-drive spirit.
MSRP From    
$17,995$19,215$19,960$20,120$22,750
Gas Mileage    
21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas 4-CylPremium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSpecial PurposeCompact Cars
Style Name    
FWD 4-Door Sport2WD 4-Door Manual LXFWD 4-Door SportFWD 4-Door LS w/1LSFWD 4-Door
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport Utility
Transmission    
Manual w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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