2018 Jeep Renegade vs. Its Competition

2018 Jeep Renegade
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Jeep Renegade has genuine off-road capability, and in its size class that makes it an outlier.

The bigger Subaru Crosstrek approaches its dirty skills, with its added ground clearance, styling add-ons, and its off-road grip and poise.

The Chevy Trax is restyled and gets some new features for 2017, and while it's upright and functional, it lacks the Jeep cachet and really, anything more than all-weather utility.

The popular Honda HR-V and the sporty, low-slung Mazda CX-3 probably reach their limits on muddy soccer fields or gravel roads.

The Honda has class-leading fuel economy, along with excellent space usage and ride quality, while the Mazda has attractive lines and crisp road manners.

Finally, Nissan Rogue Sport downsizes that company’s popular mid-size crossover, carrying over mediocre performance while trimming down on rear-seat and cargo space.

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Quick Specs
5.5
The 2018 Jeep Renegade mounts a spirited defense of its brand bona fides, but delivers a less convincing impression of a great economy car.
5.7
The 2018 Chevrolet Trax, Chevy’s smallest utility vehicle, is straightforward: it’s plain on the outside but practical inside, not particularly fast but adequately fuel-efficient.
6.5
The 2018 Honda HR-V blends great rear-seat flexibility and gas mileage, but it’s slow.
6.3
The 2018 Mazda CX-3 is an attractive small crossover pick thanks to its good looks. We’d ask for more room, but fear that would spoil the CX-3’s low price.
6.0
The 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport is comfortable as a small car with a tall ride height and affordable base models. Don’t venture too far from there.
7.2
The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek smooths over the edges that we didn’t like with the last version. It’s smooth, quiet, and capable—all good things because it won’t be rushed.
MSRP From     
$18,750$21,000$19,670$20,110$21,640$21,795
Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas 4-CylRegular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSpecial PurposeSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Style Name     
Sport FWD *Ltd Avail*FWD 4-Door LSLX 2WD ManualSport FWDFWD S2.0i Manual
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Manual w/ODAutomaticManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2018 Jeep Renegade vs. 2018 Chevrolet Trax2018 Jeep Renegade vs. 2018 Honda HR-V2018 Jeep Renegade vs. 2018 Mazda CX-32018 Jeep Renegade vs. 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport2018 Jeep Renegade vs. 2018 Subaru Crosstrek