2019 Jeep Renegade vs. 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Compared to metal, the Renegade’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid has a metal gas tank.

Both the Renegade and the Crosstrek Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.


There are almost 4 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Subaru dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Renegade’s warranty.


J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Jeep vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jeep 17th in initial quality. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 28th.


The Renegade’s optional 1.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 29 more horsepower (177 vs. 148) than the Crosstrek Hybrid’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid. The Renegade’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 32 more horsepower (180 vs. 148) than the Crosstrek Hybrid’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Renegade has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Renegade’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Crosstrek Hybrid:



Front Rotors

12 inches

11.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

The Renegade Limited’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Crosstrek Hybrid’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Renegade Limited offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Crosstrek Hybrid’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Renegade offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Crosstrek Hybrid, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

The Renegade has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Renegade’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.


The Jeep Renegade may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 550 pounds less than the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid.

The Renegade is 9.2 inches shorter than the Crosstrek Hybrid, making the Renegade easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Renegade has 1.3 inches more front headroom and 2.9 inches more rear headroom than the Crosstrek Hybrid.

Cargo Capacity

The Renegade has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Crosstrek Hybrid with its rear seat up (18.5 vs. 15.9 cubic feet). The Renegade has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Crosstrek Hybrid with its rear seat folded (50.8 vs. 43.1 cubic feet).


Maximum trailer towing in the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is limited to 1000 pounds. The Renegade 4x4 offers up to a 2000 lbs. towing capacity.


The engine computer on the Renegade automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The Crosstrek Hybrid’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

The Renegade’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Crosstrek Hybrid’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Renegade’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The Renegade (except Sport) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Renegade’s optional ParkSense Park Assist Plus can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

The Renegade is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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