2019 Honda CR-V vs. 2019 Jeep Renegade

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Collision Mitigation Braking System optional in the CR-V as “Superior.” The Renegade scores only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Renegade doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the CR-V and the Renegade have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda CR-V is safer than the Jeep Renegade:

 

CR-V

Renegade

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

23%

26%

Neck Stress

194 lbs.

332 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

58/91 lbs.

343/366 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

283

363

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

29%

35%

Neck Stress

124 lbs.

221 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

183/200 lbs.

290/322 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Honda CR-V is safer than the Jeep Renegade:

 

CR-V

Renegade

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

137

140

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.8 inches

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

125

322

Spine Acceleration

53 G’s

74 G’s

Hip Force

609 lbs.

1087 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

13 inches

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CR-V the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Renegade has not been fully tested, yet.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V third among compact suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Renegade isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 48 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 7 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Engine

The CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 7 more horsepower (184 vs. 177) than the Renegade’s optional 1.3 turbo 4 cyl. The CR-V LX’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 4 more horsepower (184 vs. 180) and 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (180 vs. 175) than the Renegade’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 10 more horsepower (190 vs. 180) and 4 lbs.-ft. more torque (179 vs. 175) than the Renegade’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda CR-V is faster than the Jeep Renegade 4 cyl.:

 

CR-V LX

CR-V 1.5T

Renegade

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

7.5 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

15.8 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.4 MPH

89 MPH

80 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CR-V gets better fuel mileage than the Renegade:

 

 

 

MPG

CR-V

 

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/32 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

28 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/31 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

Renegade

 

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

 

AWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda CR-V uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Renegade with the 1.3 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The CR-V has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Renegade (14 vs. 12.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

The CR-V has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Renegade doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The CR-V stops much shorter than the Renegade:

 

CR-V

Renegade

 

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the Renegade (235/65R17 vs. 215/65R16). The CR-V LX’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Renegade (235/65R17 vs. 225/55R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the CR-V LX has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Renegade.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the CR-V’s wheelbase is 3.5 inches longer than on the Renegade (104.7 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Renegade.

The CR-V Touring AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Renegade Latitude 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The CR-V LX executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4 (27.7 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the CR-V has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Renegade (8.2 vs. 8 inches), allowing the CR-V to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

For excellent aerodynamics, the CR-V has standard flush composite headlights. The Renegade has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

The front grille of the CR-V 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 CR-V 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 at idle, the interior of the CR-V Touring AWD is quieter than the Renegade Limited 4x4 (40 vs. 41 dB).

Passenger Space

The CR-V has 5.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Renegade (105.9 vs. 100.1).

The CR-V has .1 inches more front legroom, 2 inches more front hip room, 2 inches more front shoulder room, 5.3 inches more rear legroom and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Renegade.

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

The front step up height for the CR-V is .4 inches lower than the Renegade (19” vs. 19.4”). The CR-V’s rear step up height is 1.6 inches lower than the Renegade’s (18” vs. 19.6”).

Cargo Capacity

The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Renegade with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 18.5 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Renegade with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 50.8 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the CR-V easier. The CR-V’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 26 inches, while the Renegade’s liftover is 30.2 inches.

The CR-V’s cargo area is larger than the Renegade’s in every dimension:

 

CR-V

Renegade

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37.5”/71”

28.9”/59”

Max Width

54”

n/a

Min Width

41.5”

37.6”

Height

41”

33.7”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V’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 CR-V EX-L/Touring has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or on the CR-V Touring, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Renegade doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

The CR-V’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Renegade’s (1500 vs. 0 pounds).

Ergonomics

When two different drivers share the CR-V EX-L/Touring, the memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Renegade doesn’t offer memory seats.

The CR-V EX-L/Touring’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.

If the windows are left open on the CR-V the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or 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.

The CR-V has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Renegade doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Consumer Reports rated the CR-V’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Renegade’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The CR-V’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Renegade’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

The CR-V 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.

Both the CR-V and the Renegade offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the CR-V 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.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the CR-V owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the CR-V will cost $140 less than the Renegade over a five-year period.

The CR-V will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the CR-V will retain 48.39% to 49.83% of its original price after five years, while the Renegade only retains 41.75% to 46.23%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CR-V is less expensive to operate than the Renegade because it costs $441 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CR-V than the Renegade, including $120 less for a water pump, $134 less for a muffler, $153 less for front brake pads, $127 less for a starter, $250 less for front struts and $130 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

The Honda CR-V has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

CR-V

Renegade

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V first among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Renegade isn’t in the top three.

The CR-V was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 17 years. The Renegade has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

Motor Trend selected the CR-V as their 2018 Sport Utility of the Year. The Renegade has never been chosen.

The Honda CR-V outsold the Jeep Renegade by almost four to one during the 2018 model year.

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