2019 Honda HR-V vs. 2019 Jeep Renegade

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the HR-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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes and lane departure warning systems.

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

 

HR-V

Renegade

 

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

19%

26%

Neck Stress

244 lbs.

332 lbs.

Neck Compression

5 lbs.

18 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

33/136 lbs.

343/366 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

205

363

Chest Compression

.5 inches

.7 inches

Neck Stress

218 lbs.

221 lbs.

Neck Compression

46 lbs.

47 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 HR-V is safer than the Jeep Renegade:

 

HR-V

Renegade

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

Spine Acceleration

59 G’s

74 G’s

Hip Force

385 lbs.

1087 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

13 inches

HIC

203

222

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

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the HR-V’s reliability 11 points higher than the Renegade.

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.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

HR-V

 

 

 

 

FWD

1.8 SOHC 4 cyl.

28 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

LX 1.8 SOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/31 hwy

 

 

Sport/EX/EX-L/Touring 1.8 SOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/31 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 HR-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.

Transmission

The HR-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 HR-V stops much shorter than the Renegade:

 

HR-V

Renegade

 

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The HR-V’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Renegade’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the HR-V 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 HR-V’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the Renegade (102.8 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

The HR-V EX-L AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the Renegade Latitude 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The HR-V EX executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4 (27.8 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis

The Honda HR-V may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 400 pounds less than the Jeep Renegade.

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

The HR-V Sport/EX/EX-L/Touring 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.

Passenger Space

The HR-V has .9 inches more front shoulder room and 4.2 inches more rear legroom than the Renegade.

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

Cargo Capacity

The HR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Renegade with its rear seat up (24.3 vs. 18.5 cubic feet). The HR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Renegade with its rear seat folded (58.8 vs. 50.8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The HR-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 HR-V’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Renegade’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The HR-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.

Economic Advantages

The HR-V will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the HR-V will retain 47.71% to 48.19% 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 HR-V is less expensive to operate than the Renegade because it costs $198 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the HR-V than the Renegade, including $60 less for a water pump, $146 less for a muffler, $145 less for front brake pads, $96 less for a starter, $273 less for front struts and $103 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda HR-V will be $2727 to $3395 less than for the Jeep Renegade.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Honda HR-V, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Jeep Renegade isn't recommended.

Consumer Reports performed a comparison test in its October 2015 issue and the Honda HR-V LX AWD won out over the Jeep Renegade Latitude 4x4.

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