2019 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2018 Jeep Renegade

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the Chevrolet Equinox’s rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Jeep Renegade doesn’t offer comfort guides on its rear seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Equinox are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Renegade doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Low Speed Automatic Braking optional in the Equinox as “Superior.” The Renegade scores only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

The Equinox Premier offers an optional Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Renegade only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Equinox and the Renegade have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Equinox the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 149 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Renegade has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

The Equinox’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Renegade’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Chevrolet pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Equinox. Chevrolet will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance in the first year. Jeep doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Renegade.

There are over 27 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are Jeep dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Equinox’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Equinox has a standard 700-amp battery. The Renegade’s 500-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 64 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Chevrolet 2 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Engine

The Equinox’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 10 more horsepower (170 vs. 160) and 19 lbs.-ft. more torque (203 vs. 184) than the Renegade’s standard 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The Equinox’s 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 28 lbs.-ft. more torque (203 vs. 175) than the Renegade’s optional 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Equinox’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 72 more horsepower (252 vs. 180) and 85 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 175) than the Renegade’s optional 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

The Equinox’s 1.6 turbo diesel produces 56 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 184) than the Renegade’s standard 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The Equinox’s 1.6 turbo diesel produces 65 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 175) than the Renegade’s optional 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Chevrolet Equinox is faster than the Jeep Renegade 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Equinox 1.5

Equinox 2.0

Renegade

Zero to 30 MPH

3.7 sec

n/a

3.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.6 sec

6.6 sec

9.9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.2 sec

n/a

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

17.5 sec

15.1 sec

17.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

82 MPH

94 MPH

81.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Equinox diesel gets better fuel mileage than the Renegade:

 

 

Equinox

Renegade

 

FWD

n/a

24 city/31 hwy

1.4 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

28 city/39 hwy

22 city/31 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

AWD

n/a

24 city/31 hwy

1.4 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

28 city/38 hwy

21 city/29 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Equinox’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Renegade doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Equinox FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Renegade (14.9 vs. 12.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Equinox AWD/Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Renegade (15.6 vs. 12.7 gallons).

Transmission

The Chevrolet Equinox comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Renegade.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Equinox 2.0T’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Renegade:

 

Equinox 2.0T

Renegade

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11.3 inches

10.95 inches

The Equinox stops much shorter than the Renegade:

 

Equinox

Renegade

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Equinox has larger standard tires than the Renegade (225/65R17 vs. 215/65R16). The Equinox Premier’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Renegade (235/50R19 vs. 225/55R18).

The Equinox Premier’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Renegade’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Equinox has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Renegade. The Equinox Premier’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the Renegade.

The Equinox has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Renegade doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Equinox’s wheelbase is 6.1 inches longer than on the Renegade (107.3 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Equinox is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than on the Renegade.

The Equinox’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (56.7% to 43.3%) than the Renegade’s (58.9% to 41.1%). This gives the Equinox more stable handling and braking.

The Equinox Premier AWD handles at .86 G’s, while the Renegade Latitude 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Equinox Premier executes Motor Trend’s “Figure-Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4 (27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis

For excellent aerodynamics, the Equinox L/LS has standard flush composite headlights. The Renegade has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

The front grille of the Equinox uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Renegade doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Equinox uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Renegade doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Equinox LT AWD is quieter than the Renegade Limited 4x4 (73 vs. 74 dB).

Passenger Space

The Equinox has 3.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Renegade (103.2 vs. 100.1).

The Equinox has 1.1 inches more front hip room, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room, 4.6 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Renegade.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Equinox’s rear seats recline. The Renegade’s rear seats don’t recline.

The front step up height for the Equinox is 2.2 inches lower than the Renegade (17.2” vs. 19.4”). The Equinox’s rear step up height is 2.1 inches lower than the Renegade’s (17.5” vs. 19.6”).

Cargo Capacity

The Equinox has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Renegade with its rear seat up (29.9 vs. 18.5 cubic feet). The Equinox has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Renegade with its rear seat folded (63.5 vs. 50.8 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Equinox easier. The Equinox’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.6 inches, while the Renegade’s liftover is 30.2 inches.

The Equinox’s cargo area is larger than the Renegade’s in almost every dimension:

 

Equinox

Renegade

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

34.9”/67.4”

28.9”/59”

Max Width

53.7”

n/a

Min Width

40.7”

37.6”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Equinox LT/Premier’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Renegade doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Equinox (except L/LS) offers an optional power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or on the Equinox Premier, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Renegade doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

The Equinox’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Renegade’s (1500 vs. 0 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Jeep Renegade 4x4 is only 2000 pounds. The Equinox offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

When two different drivers share the Equinox Premier, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Renegade doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Equinox Premier’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Renegade doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Equinox’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Renegade does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Equinox’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Renegade’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

On a hot day the Equinox’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Renegade can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Equinox LS/LT/Premier’s available exterior keypad. The Renegade doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its extra cost Uconnect Access can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

Consumer Reports rated the Equinox’s headlight performance “Good” to “Very Good” (depending on model and options), a higher rating than the Renegade’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The Equinox has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The automatic headlight on/off feature is not available on the Renegade Sport.

The Equinox has standard power remote mirrors. The Renegade only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The Equinox’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Jeep charges extra for heated mirrors on the Renegade.

When the Equinox Premier is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Renegade’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Equinox Premier has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Renegade offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Equinox and the Renegade offer available heated front seats. The Equinox Premier also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Renegade.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Equinox Premier keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Renegade doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Both the Equinox and the Renegade offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Equinox has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Renegade doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Equinox Premier offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Renegade doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Equinox, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Renegade.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Equinox owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Equinox will cost $160 less than the Renegade over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Equinox is less expensive to operate than the Renegade because typical repairs cost much less on the Equinox than the Renegade, including $282 less for a starter and $323 less for front struts.

Recommendations

The Chevrolet Equinox outsold the Jeep Renegade by almost three to one during 2017.

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